News Archives June 2020

Renewal SA | Restructure Announced

Members will be aware by now that Renewal SA is proposing a significant restructure. In order for Renewal SA to meet their consultation obligations, they need to consult with all staff affected. more>

SES Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Update

Prior to COVID19, your PSA Organiser was visiting SES workplaces to consult with members about what they would like to see in an improved terms and conditions document. A number of sites still need to be visited to seek feedback from members and these visits will recommence soon. The feedback received from members so far has been provided to the PSA bargaining team and an analysis of your current terms and conditions has been completed. more>

CFS Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Update

Prior to COVID19, your PSA Organiser was visiting CFS workplaces to consult with members about what they would like to see in an improved terms and conditions document. A number of sites still need to be visited to seek feedback from members and these visits will recommence soon. The feedback received from members so far has been provided to the PSA bargaining team and an analysis of your current terms and conditions has been completed. more>

NALHN | Lyell Mcewin Hospital Emergency Department (LMH ED) Redevelopment And New Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) Build | Members Feedback

The Public Service Association (PSA) thanks all members who forwarded comments to include in the PSA’s feedback to NALHN about the LMH ED Redevelopment and the new MHSSU build. more>

SALHN Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit: Model of Care and Staffing Model | Member Feedback Sought

The Public Service Association has received correspondence from the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network titled ‘Repat Health Precinct Specialist Advanced Dementia Unit: Model of Care and Staffing Model – Consultation Document’ for union consultation. more>

Shared Services Payroll Training Team | Restructure Announced

Members will be aware by now that Shared Services is proposing a restructure across the Payroll Services Training Team. In order for Shared Services to meet their consultation obligations, they need to consult with all staff impacted. more>

PSA Members Returning to the Workplace

Agencies across Government are in the process of arranging for those employees who have been working remotely during the COVID-19 situation to return to the workplace. more>

DPTI | PSA Member Update

The PSA remains opposed to the privatisation of public transport and road maintenance, and will continue to campaign and advocate against these proposals. At the same time we will advocate to protect members’ jobs and entitlements. more>

Government Announces Privatisation of Government Facilities Management

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 9 June 2020, all staff in DPTI’s Across Government Facilities Management Division were sent an email informing them that the State Government Cabinet had decided to fully privatise this service. The Public Service Association (PSA) was informed at the same time by email. This was a shock to the staff and their managers who were called to an urgent meeting and given very little additional information. PSA members have been left with many questions, concerns and anxiety, but no one can tell them anything. more>

PSA Member Lobbying Sees Parliament Reject Office of the Public Advocate and Public Trustee Merger

The PSA congratulates members for their hard work and persistence in presenting a strong and well-argued case to decision makers and stakeholders which has led to the rejection of the proposal to merge the Public Trustee and the Office of the Public Advocate in the Legislative Council of the SA Parliament. more>

Dangerous Substances Licensing

The Public Service Association (PSA) wrote to SafeWork SA in May following receipt of proposals around Dangerous Substances Licensing. more>

PSA Seeks Better Information, More Consultation and Fairer Processes in System Performance Restructures

After examining the Department’s documentation provided so far for the restructure of the Systems Performance Divisions, the PSA view is that there is still inadequate information for members to have a clear understanding of the impact on them and their work of the proposed divisional changes. more>

Voluntary Separation Packages Mean Job Cuts

The Department of Health and Wellbeing (DHW) intends to proceed with Voluntary Separation Packages (VSPs) despite the state still being in a declared state of emergency. more>

Public Trustee | Working From Home

Public Service Association (PSA) members have been successfully working from home in many departments and agencies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Government services have continued to be delivered, service standards have been maintained and the public image of the public service has been enhanced. more>

SuperSA | Working From Home

Public Service Association (PSA) members have been successfully working from home in many departments and agencies through the COVID-19 pandemic. Government services have continued to be delivered, service standards have been maintained and the public image of the public service has been enhanced. more>

Safework SA Proposes Changes to Customer Telephone Hours | What do you Think?

Public Service Association (PSA) has received a letter from SWSA which includes proposed changes to the hours customers can contact SWSA. The proposal is a reduction from the current 8:30am – 5:30pm hours to 9:00am – 5:00pm. more>

Government Tables More Proposals | PSA Defends Members’ Rights

The PSA continued to defend members’ rights and hard-won conditions at the salaried Enterprise Bargaining General Meeting held on Wednesday this week. more>

AEWs, ECWs, AND SSOs | Have a Say in What Qualifications Should Count Toward Your Pay Rise

The Department for Education (the department) has written to the Public Service Association (PSA) to consult about proposed changes to the list of recognised qualifications for eligibility for the criteria based salary increments. more>

Are You on a Contract? System Performance Division Restructure Update

The Public Service Association (PSA) has concerns about term contract staff within the System Performance Division who have been advised that their contracts will end on 26 June 2020. The PSA has sought an extension of all term contracts while the restructure consultation takes place. The PSA considers ending employment of contract staff constitutes implementation of the restructure, which should not occur until consultation has been finalised. more>

SA Pathology | Substantial Executive Leadership Changes Proposed

SA Pathology has proposed a major restructure of the Executive Leadership team. The proposed changes are substantial and would affect many management and governance lines. more>

TAFE SA PSA Update: Covid-19; Multiple Restructure Dispute; Local Workload Consultative Forums

Your Public Service Association (PSA) Organiser 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>

New PSA Member Benefits Program Starts Soon

Our new PSA Member Benefits Program – accessed through the PSA Plus Ambassador Card – starts from 1 July 2020. Members will be able to enjoy significant savings on dining, travel, entertainment and much more – subject of course to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. more>

DPTI Update | All of Public Transport, Road Maintenance and Faciltiies Management in Private Hands | What Could Possibly go Wrong?

Following a Government decision last week to privatise All Of Government Facilities Management (AGFM), the level of privatisation in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is now so high that it is in danger of fundamentally changing the role of the department from providing the public with high quality transport and infrastructure systems to managing private contracts. This will mean the community completely loses the history, skills and expertise of over 1,000 staff, including over 350 salaried positions, as members move from secure jobs to insecure work and poor working conditions or into a future of unemployment. more>

RDNS Enterprise Bargaining | Joint PSA and HSA Meetings Next Week

Members would have received an email from Silverchain management about the delay in Enterprise Bargaining due to COVID-19. more>

South Australian Housing Authority | Portfolio Planning and Asset Management Structure Update

The South Australian Housing Authority (SAHA) wrote to the Public Service Association (PSA) advising of an intended review of the Property Development and Maintenance Division. more>

SSOs Can Retroactively Accrue Toil for the June Public Holiday

The Public Service Association (PSA) understands that some term-time SSOs were denied the opportunity to accrue and be paid TOIL for the public holiday on 9 June 2020 despite recent changes to the enterprise agreement which strengthened this employment condition from a privilege to a right. more>

Renewal SA: Restructure to Include Job Cuts

Renewal SA announced on Monday 29 June 2020 that there will be job cuts totalling 8 FTE as a result of the updated restructure plan. They intend to do this by not renewing some staff contracts. more>

SA Not For Sale Campaign | Service SA Closure Decision Reversed!

A long-term campaign against the closure of three Service SA centres in Modbury, Mitcham and Prospect has resulted in the State Government announcing yesterday (29 June 2020) it will not proceed with its misconceived plan from 2018 state budget. more>