SafeWork SA | Proposals For Change

12 December 2018

SafeWork SA has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about proposed changes to the structure of the organisation as a result of budget cuts. Whenever change is proposed, genuine consultation must occur as well as an analysis of workload as per the South Australian Modern Public Service Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS).

15.2 Any proposed review or proposed workplace change must 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.

34.1.1 Consultation involves the sharing of information and the exchange of views between employers and persons or bodies that must be consulted and the genuine opportunity for them to contribute effectively to any decision making process. This includes consultation with the applicable union whose members are affected.

34.1.2 Employers and Agencies consult in good faith, not simply advise what will be done.

34.1.3 It is an accepted principle that effective workplace relationships can only be achieved if appropriate consultation between the parties occurs on a regular basis.

34.1.4 Workplace change, including any restructure/reorganisation (however described) that will affect employees should not be implemented before appropriate consultation has occurred with employee representatives.

34.1.5 Employee representatives will be given the opportunity to adequately consult with the people they represent in the workplace, in relation to any proposed changes that may affect employees’ working conditions or the services employees provide.

PSA Worksite Representatives (WSRs) are planning meetings of members in most work groups to identify additional information you may require and to develop responses and potential alternative proposals. You are encouraged to contact a WSR or PSA Organiser Keiran Macfarlane to organise a meeting of your work group.

A copy of the letter can be found here. It proposes closing consultation at the end of January.

Copies of the proposals and other information can be found here.

Please forward any comments or questions to PSA.