Forensic Services SA – Proposal for Change in FSSA Chemistry Group

10 December 2018

Forensic Services SA has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about a proposed change to the Chemistry Group with the loss of a PO-5 laboratory-based role. Advice from FSSA is that consultation will be open until Monday 17 December 2018.

Whenever change is proposed, genuine consultation must occur as well as an analysis of workload as per the South Australian Modern Public Service Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS).

15.2 Any proposed review or proposed workplace change must include as part of consultation, an assessment of the potential impact on workloads for individual employees or a work group in a workplace and measures proposed to manage such impacts. The intent of managing impacts must be to minimise the risk of unreasonable workloads.

34.1.1 Consultation involves the sharing of information and the exchange of views between employers and persons or bodies that must be consulted and the genuine opportunity for them to contribute effectively to any decision making process. This includes consultation with the applicable union whose members are affected.

34.1.2 Employers and Agencies consult in good faith, not simply advise what will be done.

34.1.3 It is an accepted principle that effective workplace relationships can only be achieved if appropriate consultation between the parties occurs on a regular basis.

34.1.4 Workplace change, including any restructure/reorganisation (however described) that will affect employees should not be implemented before appropriate consultation has occurred with employee representatives.

34.1.5 Employee representatives will be given the opportunity to adequately consult with the people they represent in the workplace, in relation to any proposed changes that may affect employees’ working conditions or the services employees provide.

Your feedback by email on the proposal is encouraged. Members can consider the proposals and potentially propose changes. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Please forward any comments or questions to PSA by email. Any correspondence with the employer will be confidential and de-identified.