News Archives March 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

This Sunday, 8 March 2020, is International Women’s Day. This annual celebration allows us to look at the successes that we have achieved over time in seeking equity for women. more>

Consortium Wins the Tender for Privatisation of Trams | The Fight Against Privatisation Continues

Yesterday (10 March 2020) the Government announced the successful tender for the privatisation of trams – a consortium of Torrens Transit (Sea Link, UGL and John Holland.) more>

TAFE SA Salisbury Members Resolve to Continue the Fight Against Job and Service Cuts

Public Service Association (PSA) members held a Stop Work Meeting on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at TAFE SA Salisbury Campus. TAFE SA PSA members did not take this action lightly, but did so to fight for a well resourced and high quality TAFE SA for the South Australian community. more>

Breastscreen SA: Consultation Open on two Proposals

The PSA has received the following two documents requiring consultation from Breastscreen SA. more>

TAFE SA Gillies Plains Members Resolve to Continue the Fight Against Job and Service Cuts

Public Service Association (PSA) members held a Stop Work Meeting on Thursday 12 March 2020 at TAFE SA Gillies Plains Campus. TAFE SA PSA members did not take this action lightly, but did so to fight for a well resourced and high quality TAFE SA for the South Australian community. more>

Urgent PSA Advice to Members | TAFE SA | Proposed Easter Closures

A significant number of members have raised concerns about the TAFECOM issued by the TAFE SA Chief Executive on 12 March 2020. The TAFECOM states, with only four weeks notice, that TAFE SA will be closing all campuses from close of business on 9 April 2020 and reopening on 20 April 2020. more>

URGENT | TAFE SA | Outcome from Second Conference in the South Australian Employment Tribunal | Dispute About Multiple Restructures

Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser Rosie Ratcliff and four of your PSA Worksite Representatives represented PSA members in a further conciliation conference with TAFE SA in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 13 March 2020. more>

PSA Calls On State Government to Provide Specific Leave for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Absences

The Public Service Association (PSA) has today called on the State Government to provide specific leave for absences related to COVID-19. This would mean that any required absence associated with COVID-19 should be provided for as Special Leave With Pay as an additional form of leave. more>

COVID-19 Update

The PSA has received a large number of calls and questions from members about the COVID-19 virus. The PSA position is that any required absence associated with COVID-19 should be provided for as Special Leave With Pay as an additional form of leave. We have called on the Government to provide this leave (see our Information Update here). The PSA is also urging agencies to be as supportive and flexible as possible including acknowledging and supporting those who may be experiencing anxiety about themselves and their families at this time. more>

Organisational Structure Realignment | Community Health Connect | Limestone Coast Local Health Network

PSA members at Limestone Coast Local Health Network have raised concerns about the proposal to restructure the functions and work units within Community Health Connect. The PSA has sought an additional week of consultation in order to consult further and to collate the feedback received. more>

COVID-19: Premier Must Take Privatisation and Cuts Off the Table

The PSA has again called on Premier Marshall to take cuts and privatisation of essential public services off the table. In a recent radio interview, the Premier stated that cuts through VSPs in the Department of Health and Wellbeing (DHW) had been “stopped” as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He specifically stated that job cuts were off the table for “front-line” workers such as doctors and nurses. more>

Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Confirms COVID-19 Special Leave With Pay

Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri yesterday (19 March 2020) issued supplementary provisions to her Determination 3.1. These provisions confirm some elements of the PSA’s request for Special Leave With Pay for COVID-19 associated absences, and provide a good first step in providing fair and reasonable leave for the protection of the community in these difficult times. more>

WILTJA – Updates And Response from the Employer Regarding your WFA

The PSA wrote to the Department of Education (DE) on 23 January 2020 regarding the status of your WFA and again on 12 March 2020 as no response had been received. The PSA was particularly concerned about the status of the WFA and access to crib breaks for members. more>

Covid-19, Multiple Restructure Dispute, Easter Campus Closures and Stop Work Meetings

Your Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser and your PSA Worksite Representatives (WSRs) have been supporting and advocating for TAFE SA PSA members in a number of areas. This Information Update contains the latest information on those matters. more>

COVID-19: What Does This Mean for SSOs?

Despite the mixed messages between the Federal and State approaches to closing schools, South Australian schools will remain open at this stage. more>

Country Arts SA

Following the Public Service Association (PSA) members’ meeting at Country Arts SA (CASA) on 27 February 2020 the PSA provided the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) the two motions unanimously agreed by members. more>

AYTC | COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with the Department for Human Services (DHS) on a regular basis ensuring they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. more>

Child Protection | COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with the Department for Child Protection (DCP) on a daily basis ensuring they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. more>

COVID-19: Precautions and Changes Within PSA Member Benefits Centre

The safety and health of our members, staff and the wider community is our top priority. Although this unprecedented situation is complex and changing daily, we are committed to continuing service and assistance to our members, while protecting our members, our community and each other. Please take note of the following updates within the Member Benefits area due to the COVID-19 pandemic. more>

Community Corrections | COVID-19 | We Need Your Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with the Department for Corrections (DCS) to ensure they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. As your union we are closely monitoring these unprecedented events and keeping DCS accountable. more>

COVID-19: PSA Calls on Education Department to Maintain SSO Employment

PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin, Team Leader Organising, and SSO Organiser met via teleconference on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 with Department for Education (DE) People and Culture leaders to discuss employment provisions for SSOs amid the current Corona Virus Pandemic. more>

PIRSA and SARDI | COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) and South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) ensuring they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. more>

SA Pathology | A World Leader

SA Pathology is among the many public services we rely on during times of crisis. In the media this week, the Premier and his Health Minister have both said numerous times that South Australia is leading the nation and the world in COVID-19 testing. more>

Shared Services | COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with Shared Services on a regular basis ensuring they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. As your union we are closely monitoring these unprecedented events and keeping Shared Services accountable. more>

Renewal SA | COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been in communication with Renewal SA on a regular basis ensuring they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. As your union we are closely monitoring these unprecedented events and keeping Renewal SA accountable. more>

COVID-19 Update for Staff in 31 Flinders Street and Regional Offices

The Public Service Association (PSA) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) have been meeting regularly by telephone with the Department for Education (DE) to discuss the protection of members during the time of COVID -19. more>

SA Health | Member Update | COVID-19

The Public Service Association (PSA) and other health unions have been meeting regularly with SA Health to discuss COVID-19 response and procedures for staff. While there has been regular information released by SA Health for employees, the PSA has found that Local Health Networks are varying in their communications with the PSA and members. For example, SALHN has been holding regular union consultation meetings and releasing daily updates to staff; whereas NALHN has only convened a union meeting this week after the PSA consistently raised the lack of consultation and wrote to the Chief Executive Officer about this. NALHN staff communications have also been minimal. more>