Staffing Arrangements Update for New Reception Area at Jonal Drive | Member Feedback Required Urgently

31 October 2018

The PSA attended Adelaide Youth Training Centre on Friday 26 October 2018 to get members’ views on staffing arrangements for the new reception area at Jonal Drive. Those present unanimously agreed that:

(A)    Staffing for the area must not be compromised. Staffing should be a minimum of two OPS2 workers at all times. There no agreement for the area to be staffed initially under the ‘guise’ of a trial. There was no agreement for the second OPS2 worker to be moved to a unit to assist with residents during non-peak periods.

Management at AYTC met with some of your Worksite Representatives (WSRs) yesterday to attempt to negotiate on this matter. There has now been a proposal by management to:

(B)     Implement a trial for 4 weeks, after which formal consultation will occur. Staffing during the 4 weeks will remain in situ for the entire shifts from 7:00am – 3:00pm and will not be required to assist in the units. From 2:30pm – 5:00pm there will only be one staff member rostered with the second position being filled by an OPS2 worker from the Police Custody Unit (PCU)*. From 5:00pm – 11:00pm, the second position will be staffed as required. On the weekends the second position will be staffed from PCU when required. * Management have committed to ‘no admissions’ to PCU from 2:30pm - 5:00pm.

Some members have suggested the possibility of:

(C)    Implementing a trial for 4 weeks, after which formal consultation will occur. Staffing during the 4 weeks will be composed of 2 OPS2 staff on both AM and PM shifts. These staff will not be moved to assist in units during non peak periods. The staff on these shifts will provide factual evidence to substantiate appropriate resourcing requirements.

The PSA seeks your feedback urgently by close of business Friday 2 November 2018. The PSA needs to know whether you are in agreement with (A) the original position put forward on 26 October 2018 or (B) whether there is a willingness to implement management’s proposal that was presented yesterday or (C) the final proposal put forward by members.
Your feedback can be provided to any of your WSRs or PSA Organiser.

A commitment has been given by the Department of Human Services to consult formally on this important matter. It is crucial that staffing agreements are adequate, particularly should resident numbers increase in the future.

The PSA will be requesting adequate representation from all staff groups (camera operators, supervisor group, staff in PCU and WSRs) be facilitated at the consultative meetings.

Your entitlement to consultation is enshrined in clause 34 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017.

Please ensure you take responsibility for conditions of employment in your workplace by making your viewpoints known.