19 April 2016

Following the recommencement of industrial action this week the Department sought an emergency listing at the Industrial Relations Commission, which was held yesterday afternoon.

Despite wanting assurances that the action undertaken by members would not impact on 'emergency situations' – which had always been the case – the Department offered no concessions whatsoever.

Not only was there no willingness to negotiate, the employer representatives indicated that they believed the matters in dispute were actually related to 'managerial prerogative', basically what right did members have to influence what they believed were solely management decisions?

This Department still seemingly fails to grasp that they are in crisis, that workloads are unsustainable and that immediate action and commitments are needed to address these problems.

Consequently the planned escalating industrial action continues. Later this week further guidance will be sent to all members regarding the escalating of action (signature blocks – posters – auto responses). The PSA does not rule out further public action should the Department continue to blatantly ignore the workload issues raised by PSA members and the potentially tragic consequences that may result if systematic changes are not made.

For further assistance and guidance contact your worksite representative or PSA Industrial Officer.