TAFE SA | Dispute Lodged in the South Australian Employment Tribunal About Serious Consultation Concerns | Multiple Restructures

28 February 2020

The Public Service Association (PSA) has lodged an urgent dispute in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) about TAFE SA’s failure to consult appropriately in relation to the proposed restructures. This follows correspondence received on 27 February 2020 from the TAFE SA Executive Director of People and Culture. A copy of the letter can be found here.

TAFE SA’s letter refuses to provide the PSA and members any further information about workload assessments and specific rationales, genuine consultation with other impacted areas within TAFE SA, clarity regarding proposed classifications, and consultation about the required information. TAFE SA are also refusing to provide revised workload assessment and structures for the previous Facilities and Student Experience restructures, which are in various stages of implementation.

The letter also states that “….TAFE SA would provide a response by 5 pm on 27 February 2020 and that until such time, status quo would remain.” This implies that status quo will not be respected past that date and time, which is a breach of the requirements of Clause 35 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017.

The issues of concern noted in the PSA’s Information Update issued on 26 February 2020 remain. TAFE SA continues to deny you or your Union the opportunity to engage in genuine and good faith consultation. In communications to staff, the TAFE SA Chief Executive and Executive Director People and Culture both continue not to take any responsibility for the distress and anxiety that they have caused staff by not respecting and valuing your skills, knowledge and experience in the shaping of TAFE SA. Instead, TAFE SA continues to blame the PSA and members for taking steps to ensure that your industrial rights are upheld.

The PSA will update members following the hearing in the SAET.

The PSA thanks members for the substantial interim feedback you have provided about the nine current restructures. Many members have noted that, without all the information, they do not feel they can provide fully informed feedback. Members who have any comments or queries regarding the restructures are welcome to continue to provide these by email to PSA, while awaiting the outcome of the dispute in SAET.