Korda Mentha/ CALHN TVSP Call Will Cut Patient Services and Increase Workload

05 September 2019

The Public Service Association (PSA) was advised by KordaMentha this morning that the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) will today be issuing an open call for EOIs for TVSPs across CALHN.

The Department of Treasury and Finance TVSP Guidelines state that TVSPs can only be offered to an employee where the “…substantive position/role or duties they are/were employed in has been, or is to be abolished.” This means that the role would no longer be required and would not be backfilled, which raises serious workload concerns as well as concerns for patient services.

PSA member workloads are already a problem in many areas. Clause 15 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 requires the employer, with any proposed review or workplace change, to “...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.”

The PSA will ensure this assessment occurs prioir to any position being lost. We will also ensure that ongoing monitoring occurs post any TVSP process. The State Budget Papers have CALHN earmarked for a reduction of 1100 FTE – by far the largest job reduction proposed for any of the Local Health Networks. It is important to note that the government has a range of options available other than cutting jobs to reach their savings targets were they interested in pursuing them.

The issuing of TVSPs will also require restructures to occur in those areas. The PSA will work with members and your Worksite Representatives to ensure that CALHN consult genuinely and in good faith regarding any restructures, especially around workload impacts and service to clients. PSA members working in CALHN are proud of the service they provide to their communities, and staff must be supported to ensure that this work can continue in a safe manner.

This is a critical time for CALHN salaried staff. If you or your colleagues are not yet members of the PSA, please take the opportunity to join. We need a strong and collective voice to continue to ensure that this process is fair and transparent and that workloads are safe and manageable.