News Archives May 2020

Today is May Day | An International Celebration of the Achievements of Working People and Their Unions

Today is the international celebration of May Day – recognising the achievements of working people and marking the campaign that started more than 150 years ago for better working conditions, including at that time an eight hour working day. more>

Happy National Administrative Professionals’ Day | Friday 1 May 2020

National Administrative Professionals’ Day is held in Australia annually on the first Friday of May. The great work Public Service Association (PSA) members undertake in a wide range of administrative roles across the entire public sector ensures our South Australian community is provided with the services it requires and expects. more>

The PSA Young Member Network’s Message of Solidarity For May Day | The International Day of Solidarity

The PSA Young Member Network recently met and developed a message of solidarity on behalf of the network to contribute to the Solidarity in Solitary: A Cyber Celebration activities on the SA May Day Facebook page today for May Day. more>

SSOs are Essential | Your PSA Network

More than 40 PSA SSO members joined together on Friday 24 April 2020 via Zoom to network, discuss issues currently facing the school workforce, and talk about what they are doing well in their roles as essential school support staff. more>

Member Feedback Sought Regarding TAFE SA’s Response to Workload Assessment Feedback | Tafe SA | PSA Dispute | Multiple Restructures

TAFE SA has now provided a response to the Public Service Association (PSA) feedback submitted on 18 March 2020 about TAFE SA’s Workload Assessments for the proposed structures. The PSA’s feedback is included below for easy reference, as well as TAFE SA’s response. more>

Country Arts South Australia | Management to Provide a Proposal

Country Arts South Australia (CASA) has contacted the Public Service Association (PSA) seeking a meeting on Monday 11 May 2020 to present a proposed structure as per our negotiated arrangements in the SA Employment Tribunal. more>

COVID-19: Special Leave With Pay Within DCS

The Public Service Association (PSA) continues to work closely with your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) and we are in regular communication with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). As your union we are ensuring our members’ rights, safety and well being are the forefront of decision making within DCS during these uncertain times. Regular briefings with DCS and Officers from health have provided the PSA with the opportunity to give direct input into decisions affecting the institutions. more>

Enterprise Bargaining | Government Still Wants to Remove Your Rights

The Enterprise Bargaining process has continued in the background throughout the COVID-19 situation - but has been affected by the immediate priorities brought on by the pandemic. more>

SSO Update | SSO1 Classification Review and Employment Permanence

The Department for Education wrote to the PSA on 30 April 2020, outlining further commitments given as part of the Enterprise Bargaining process. Of importance, the department has committed to maintaining school funding and will “ensure that schools and preschools are resourced to meet industrial obligations”. If SSO members have been denied their industrial rights, such as reclassification, due to budget restrictions – i.e. if the school has told you “we can’t afford it” - this is simply not acceptable. more>

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Intersexism

Virtual Roundtable: Being LGBTIQ in the workplace (and the working from home space) more>

Community Corrections COVID-19 Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has been working with your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) and the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) to ensure they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. more>

SA Water Enterprise Bargaining Update | Member Feedback Sought

The CPSU/PSA has been attending weekly scheduled SA Water Enterprise Bargaining meetings via video link up. At the meeting held on 11 May 2020 SA Water advised the CPSU/PSA and the other Unions which are party to the SA Water Enterprise Agreement of its Enterprise Bargaining offer for SA Water employees. more>

Community Youth Justice PSA Member Update

This Information Update outlines issues and actions arising from the Functional Review of Community Youth Justice. more>

Universities | Proposed Changes to Your Enterprise Agreements – COVID-19

Members may be asked to agree to changes to your Enterprise Agreements in the near future. Here is what you need to know. The NTEU has been negotiating a deal with Universities Australia (your employer’s peak body). That deal would see staff take pay cuts in an attempt to minimise job losses from the University sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. more>

TAFE SA PSA Update | COVID-19, Educational Business Unit Changes, Multiple Restructure Dispute and Call for Worksite Representatives

Your Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser Rosie Ratcliff and your PSA Worksite Representatives (WSRs) continue to support and advocate for TAFE SA PSA members in a number of areas. This Information Update contains the latest information on those matters. more>

Member Feedback About TAFE SA’s Response to Workload Assessment Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks all members who forwarded comments to include in the PSA’s letter to TAFE SA about their response to the PSA’s feedback in relation to TAFE SA’s Workload Assessments for the proposed structures. more>

CALHN Pharmacy Restructure | Consultation Reopened

SA Pharmacy has written to the Public Service Association (PSA) announcing that the CALHN Pharmacy Restructure process has reopened following postponement in March due to the COVID-19 state of emergency. more>

Department For Health and Wellbeing | New SA Intellectual Disability Health Service Draft Model of Care | Member Feedback Sought

The Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the new SA Intellectual Disability Health Service (SAIDHS) draft Model of Care (MoC). more>

NALHN | Lyell Mcewin Hospital Emergency Department Redevelopment | Member Feedback Sought

NALHN has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department (LMH ED) Redevelopment. more>

NALHN | New Adult Mental Health Short Stay Unit | Member Feedback Sought

NALHN has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the new Adult Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) build. more>

PSA Negotiating Position - Salaried Enterprise Bargaining

The PSA’s negotiating position is based on extensive engagement with members. Members have consistently provided valuable contributions through a variety of means – and the PSA has in turn provided extensive information through a number of different channels. more>

Proposed CALHN Mental Health Clinical Program Allied Health Lead Role Descriptor | Member Feedback Sought

The CALHN Mental Health Clinical Program (MHCP) has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed CALHN MHCP Allied Health Lead Role Descriptor. more>

Department For Correctional Services | Level Four Work Practices

The Public Service Association (PSA) continues to work closely with your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) and is in regular communication with the Department for Correctional Services in relation to COVID-19 matters affecting the PSA membership. more>

Department For Trade and Investment | Return to the Workplace

The Public Service Association (PSA) and your Worksite Representative (WSR) last week raised members’ concerns with the Department for Trade and Investment about their proposed staged return to the workplace (RTW). more>

DHS Finance and Business Services Review | Update and Our Next Steps

This week we have been speaking with members about the review, what we know so far, what our rights are around a genuine consultation process and workplace changes, and what steps to take next to ensure that we are informed and have a genuine say in any new structure. more>

CALHN Mental Health Clinical Program | Community Clinical Rehabilitation Redesign Proposed Role Descriptors | Member Feedback Sought

The CALHN Mental Health Clinical Program has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed Role Descriptors for the Community Clinical Rehabilitation Redesign. more>

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Enterprise Bargaining

The CPSU/PSA has now commenced Enterprise Bargaining negotiation meetings for two Enterprise Agreements (EA) with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. more>

AYTC Members’ Concerns Regarding Covid-19 Special Leave

On 8 April 2020 the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment issued a new 'Determination 3.1: Employment Conditions – Hours of Work, Overtime and Leave: Supplementary Provisions for COVID-19'. more>

Public Transport and Road Maintenance Privatisation

The Public Service Association (PSA) continues to oppose privatisation of Public Services including Trams, Trains and Road Maintenance as these will lead to a reduction of jobs in the South Australian Community, a greater safety risk, increased costs for the community and a significant loss of expertise, knowledge and experience in the important areas of transport. more>

South Australian Museum | Return to the Workplace

The Public Service Association (PSA) is meeting with your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) regularly to get feedback from members at South Australian Museum (SAM). The PSA is in communication with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and SAM to ensure that they are up to date with COVID-19 procedures. more>

Transfer of Natural Resources Management Members to Landscape Boards

The Public Service Association (PSA) recently corresponded and subsequently met with Department for Environment and Water (DEW) management responsible for the transfer to the new Landscape Boards. more>

WCHN | Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services | Proposed Closure of the Infant Therapeutic Reunification Services | Member Feedback Sought

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed closure of the Infant Therapeutic Reunification Services (ITRS). CAMHS advises that ITRS, jointly operated by CAMHS and Department for Child Protection (DCP), had its funding ceased as of December 2019, and that the Department of Human Services (DHS) extended the funding while it undertook a brief review of the service. However the outcomes of the review include the cessation of the service in August 2020, and CAMHS advises that WCHN support this. more>

Renewal SA COVID-19 Update (2)

With the return to the office process commencing in Renewal SA it is an important time to check in with members and ensure that they are feeling safe and supported through this process. more>

What’s Happening In Health? | PSA Health Member Update | May 2020

It has been a busy and complex few months with so many changes and issues happening with the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, and now the beginning of transition out of the crisis time. It is as important as ever for all PSA health members to be informed and work collectively. Below is a snapshot of PSA activities and issues in the health sector. more>

Art Gallery of South Australia | Return to the Workplace

Returning to the workplace was the main discussion point when your PSA Organiser and Worksite Representatives met by phone conference on Thursday 21 May 2020, as part of their regular meetings to consider issues raised by members at the Art Gallery of South Australia. more>

DCP | Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services | Proposed Closure Of The Infant Therapeutic Reunification Services | Member Feedback Sought

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about the proposed closure of the Infant Therapeutic Reunification Services (ITRS). CAMHS advises that ITRS, jointly operated by CAMHS and Department for Child Protection (DCP), had its funding ceased as of December 2019, and that the Department of Human Services (DHS) extended the funding while it undertook a brief review of the service. However the outcomes of the review include the cessation of the service in August 2020, and CAMHS advises that WCHN support this. more>

Members’ Proposed Improvements Tabled Today

PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin presented the PSA’s negotiating position to the government negotiators at the Enterprise Bargaining General Meeting for the salaried enterprise agreement held today. The full statement is reproduced below. more>

Enterprise Bargaining – SA Water Offer

The current SA Water Enterprise Agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2020. The last salary increase in the current Agreement was paid on 1 July 2019. The CPSU/PSA, along with other Unions party to the SA Water Enterprise Agreement, has been negotiating a successor Agreement and further salary increase. more>

Department for Education | System Performance Division Restructure

On 13 May 2020 the Public Service Association (PSA) received written communication from the Department for Education (DE) advising of the proposed restructure of the System Performance Division. Since then the PSA has been talking with members, working through all documentation, and has sought additional information so we have a full understanding of the proposal. more>

SAPOL Refuses PSA Access to Police Security Services Branch (PSSB) Control Centre to Investigate Start Time Issue

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received a number of complaints from union members at the Police Security Services Control Centre about a requirement for Police Security Officers (PSOs) to report for duty ten minutes before their scheduled start time. more>