70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 1 www.cpsu.asn.au July/August 2006 Standing together The PSA has launched a significant beyond election promises of extra funding for new advertising campaign to highlight the value and extensive role of the public sector in providing vital services to our health, education and law and order. The PSA welcomed the Treasurer’s desire to provide extra funds to these vital areas. PSA lodges new EB community (for full details on the campaign, see page 4). This follows in the wake of various State Government statements – notably the review However, we also expect the State Government to keep all of its election promises. Key among those was a commitment to improve public services and claim for members of public sector expenditure and offering of keep public sector jobs. The Public Service Association has available under WorkChoices, so the need to targeted voluntary separation packages to 390 In public statements, the PSA has lodged its Enterprise Bargaining Claim secure a successful negotiated outcome for redeployees. reminded the community and the State 2006 on behalf of members. members has been heightened. The PSA has been consistent and firm in Government of those promises. It applies to all members covered by the With this in mind, the PSA has presented response to these statements. We pointed back to recent research a clearly defined and reasonable claim commissioned by the PSA which identified an SA Government (Public Sector Salaried In regard to the TVSPs, the PSA clearly Employees) Arbitrated Enterprise Bargaining covering salary, conditions of employment, responded, directly to the Minister and ageing public sector workforce and a clear structural adjustment and classifications. need to recruit and retain staff for the future. Award 2004. through public statements in the media, that The details of each of these claims were these were considered poor policy. And we sought new research to clearly This new claim has had to take into account the new world created by the Federal developed in a series of meetings with At a time when members in most agencies demonstrate the healthy state of our economy members. Members recognised the need to and the existing skills and staff shortage Government’s WorkChoices legislation. are experiencing workload problems and present a simpler document that addressed skills shortages, a TVSP proposal to pay within the public sector (full details pages 4 to 6). This legislation means that some members both an adequate financial reward and workers to leave employment is a waste of We also surveyed members to identify may be covered by State legislation and others structural change to improve conditions and public money. areas of staff shortages and the inevitable by Federal Industrial Relations legislation, remuneration for members. A program to place redeployees in areas of consequences on workloads and service delivery. creating uncertainty. In the claim, the PSA acknowledged the identified staff shortages would be a far more The stark responses to that survey formed The PSA is working to clear up this newly State Government’s previous commitment to appropriate use of funding. part of our formal submission to the complicated framework – for example, by maintain job security and existing conditions. In response to Treasurer Kevin Foley’s Treasurer’s review. discussing with the Government the need to ensure health employees are part of the State The State Government has also announcement that he was bringing in an That submission also points to a range of system. guaranteed it will continue to negotiate outside former Federal treasury advisor to ways in which the PSA, and its members, collective agreements, and members will have review government expenditure, the PSA has believe the form and function of the public The new system has also required a new access to trade union training leave and other been similarly straightforward. sector could be revised and reinvigorated approach to bargaining methods and entitlements. In his announcement, the Treasurer said negotiations. Arbitration is no longer he needed to find extra public funds to go Continued page 4 Continued page 3 Workers Public PSA rally Sector rocked against reform by city IR laws urged blast Page 3 Page 4 Pages 8-9 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 2 P2 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 Secretary’s Column President’s Column Jobs and PS doesn’t need services reform – outdated systems need promises fixing By Jan McMahon By Lindsay Oxlad T he future for workers looking at significant expenditure P ublic sector workers in South workloads and antiquated ICT systems that fail to around Australia is under a reductions which means already stretched Australia have endured two make it easier for them to do their jobs significant cloud as the community services will suffer further. decades of downsizing, two properly. Federal Government's decades of privatisation and The shortcomings of the Human Resource On top of that we now have the outsourcing, four decades of and finance systems used by agencies are well WorkChoices legislation constant reform, four decades known as are the deficiencies of the ICT systems takes effect. Government reviewing the role of the of increasing workloads and and applications in Health and DAIS (to mention Public Sector through the Public Reform continual public sector bashing by both sides of two major areas) that are in urgent need of Fundamental principles such as Commission chaired by Wayne Goss politics. modernising. The Land Titles system for security of employment, genuine which will further place the public sector While the Government’s assurance that there example should be classified as a heritage item, would not be job cuts was welcomed when it allowed to retire with dignity and replaced with a minimum standards underpinned by and agency budgets under the spotlight. announced the creation of the Government more modern, efficient and reliable system based Awards and a fair wage are all at Reform Commission to review the public on current technology not a legacy of the past. significant risk for most workers as we see In all our dealings with the State sector, the review itself was viewed with It is also well known that many “business Government, we have given them the scepticism, particularly given the inclusion of a critical” ICT systems and applications currently a move to individual contracts rather than review of the Public Sector Management Act. opportunity to keep their promises, while in use by agencies are based on software that was collective enterprise agreements. The unanswered question of course in all this written for the computing environment that reminding them what they have promised, is what exactly is wrong with the public sector, its existed in the 1950s and 1960s. While many have The PSA was able to secure a not just us, but all of the people in this employees, its processes, its structure and its been installed on the newer personal computers commitment from the State Government State, during the last election. legislative underpinnings that clearly indicate operating under the latest operating systems, before the last election to maintain current that reform of one or more of them is required. because of their origins they cannot take full They have promised us all they won't Calls for public sector reform always seem to advantage of the new technology available on conditions and to preserve collective be long on rhetoric and short on detail and hard modern computers nor do they take advantage of bargaining, effectively rejecting cut public sector jobs, job security or the processing capabilities of such machines. evidence that backs them up. A lot like calls for Australian Workplace Agreements. reduce services. Parliamentary reform. Given these hindrances it is little wonder that Public sector workers have witnessed public sector workers cannot perform their jobs T This achievement is significant as he Council of the PSA has countless reforms over the past thirty years, from well and effectively meet the challenges faced recognised the environment that management by objectives to reinventing today serving a community that expects a higher thousands of PSA members are protected standard of service from the public sector members are in and the scrutiny government, to the adoption of balanced from the harsh realities of WorkChoices. scorecards, to “A Bias for Yes”, total quality (mental health being a classic example of an area and pressure the coming months management, downsizing via TVSPs, in crisis). T Despite this achievement, this is still will bring. Various strategies have been privatisation and outsourcing, the 2002 Fahey here is no denying that the cumulative no time to be complacent as the PSA developed to deal with this. This will report, the 2002 review by the Economic impact of downsizing has resulted in Development Board, the 2003 Menadue unsustainable workloads for those continues the campaign to secure and include establishing the facts, generational health review, the 2004 Speakman- who remain and chronic skill improve conditions of employment, as documenting areas which are already Payze report and the current expenditure review shortages in agencies that have a well as protect public sector jobs and under-resourced and at risk, promoting the by former Commonwealth Treasury official Greg critically important role in delivering the Smith. These in addition to the internal reviews Government’s policy priorities. important community services. value of the work of PSA members and and reforms initiated by agencies themselves that If the Government Reform Commission meeting with members and Worksite seemed to be more interested in embracing the identifies the changes needed to the antiquated This includes lodging the PSA's 2006 Representatives to prepare for future latest management fad promoted by willing systems used by agencies and maps out a reform Enterprise Bargaining claim with campaigns. consultants than in achieving lasting agenda to address those shortcomings it will have Government in order to provide enhanced improvements to their operations. done a worthwhile and successful job – one that conditions of employment and a fair The PSA will continue to look after We have seen efforts to open government and will yield sustainable improvements in efficiency efforts to close it, efforts to liberate government and effectiveness over the long term. wages outcome for members. members' interests in this difficult from needless paperwork and efforts to impose Given the right tools, technologies, training environment, and will involve members new reporting requirements, none of which has and structures and talented, highly motivated and The PSA has also commenced a public throughout the process. There are no quick made it any easier for public sector workers to valued staff, the South Australian public sector and community campaign highlighting the perform their jobs well and provide higher levels has the potential to be the best but only if the solutions, but the PSA will be there for of service to the community. value of the work done by PSA members Government invests the time and effort to bring members. We have seen processes “reformed” so that about sustainable improvements. in the light of the Treasurer's review of they no longer work. The Government’s commitment to Agency Budgets. While the outcome is not Over this period public sector workers have re-invigorate and re-build the public sector yet known, it is clear that Agencies are endured almost non-stop bureaucrat bashing is a step in the right direction. (from both sides of politics), steadily increasing The Public Sector REVIEW is an official publication Vision Statement of the Public Service Association of SA Inc and the Community & Public Sector Union of SA Branch (SPFS Group). THE PSA WILL ACHIEVE THIS BY: Comments, letters and editorial material to: ‘The Editor’, Public Sector Review • ensuring job security for members Level 5, 122 Pirie Street, Adelaide, SA 5000. • membership involvement The PSA will be a dynamic organisation focused on the needs Selected articles are published electronically on the • effective management supported by trained PSA Website at www.cpsu.asn.au/sa and aspirations of its members throughout South Australia as professional staff Tel: (08) 8205 3200 Fax: (08) 8223 6509 • continual improvement of its operations Toll-free: 1800 811 457 the principal trade union representing workers who provide • improvement of members’ wages and working Email: firstname.lastname@example.org community services to South Australians. conditions Printed on partially recycled paper with • provision of industrial support and other valued biodegradable soy-based inks by Cadillac Printing, benefits to members 64 Kincaid Ave, North Plympton, SA. • promotion of the vital role of the public sector The Public Sector Review’s official publication in the economy and community. number is PP565001/0010.This edition is Volume 41, number 3. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 3 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P3 WorkChoices rally – Your rights, they’re wrong! New EB claim lodged Continued from page 1 The claim has also been prepared in a way to make it suitable for both State and Federal jurisdictions. Structural adjustments have also been raised in the claim. This recognises that recruitment and retention are serious issues in several membership areas arising from structural and organisational arrangements. The claim makes it clear that any EB outcome should not preclude future structural and/or organisational changes. The PSA believes this claim is reasonable and will vigorously pursue its ratification on all points. The claim clearly reflects the needs of PSA members, who require a fair wages outcome, job security and protection of current entitlements, together with appropriate outcomes in respect to issues of direct concern. The PSA will present this view to Government in all future negotiations. What’s in the EB The new EB claim seeks a 5% p.a. increase (1 October 2006/2007/2008) for the three year agreement. It protects all existing conditions while also PSA protests against new IR laws seeking: • 14 weeks paid maternity and adoption leave; • overtime to be paid if no break after 5 hours work; The Howard Government’s “back – whether they think they are directly • improved study leave provisions; to the future” style industrial laws – affected by these new laws or not – the • higher duties allowance payment for all ironically entitled WorkChoices – were inevitable erosion of workplace conditions periods of acting; which will flow to all members of our • regional specific improvements to attract new vocally protested against during a community. staff and retain local residents. week of union and community action Among the most draconian of the In terms of classifications, more flexibility in late June and early July. impacts are: has been sought to assist in recruitment and This short-sighted reversal of decades • Removal of protection from unfair retention of staff. of industrial policy has raised blood dismissal for millions of workers; This includes: temperatures to boiling point in work • The stripping back of hard-won award • Automatic progression – merging the base places around the nation – and prompted conditions; the Federal Opposition to promise to throw and next level, with a test process rather than • Easier cutting of penalty rates, promotion, to advance (e.g. PSO1 and PSO2 them back into the time warp they emerged overtime pay, holiday loadings and from at the next election. into a single level as well as ASO1 and public holidays; ASO2); The week of action included protest • Reduction of the powers of the rallies around the nation on June 28. • Introducing an “expert” concept within roles Industrial Relations Commission; to allow for a new salary level above the In Adelaide, workers, community • Making it easier to force workers onto maximum; members and unions joined forces to voice individual contracts which undercut pay and employment conditions. • Introducing career pathways and structure to their concerns at a large lunchtime gathering in Victoria Square, as well as allow promotion/allowance to the next grade; Employees and unions have negotiated • Reducing the number of incremental steps rallies outside Federal Liberal MP’s hard for decades to protect and preserve offices. within classifications; working rights and conditions – now savagely undermined with the stroke of a • Varying Professionals’commencing salary to PSA officials and members supported the rally in Victoria Square to highlight the pen by the Howard Government. recognise the type or number of degrees or appalling impact of this anti-worker qualifications held. 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Launching the $50,000 billboard “Public sector workers are, in a huge range advertising blitz at a media conference, PSA of areas, understaffed and poorly resourced,” on public General Secretary Jan McMahon said: “This she said. first stage of our advertising campaign aims to highlight the enormous value of the work “They are often having to do large performed by our public sector workforce. amounts of overtime, frequently unpaid, to keep on providing the level of service our “It shows, in eight separate billboards community expects and deserves. sector reform displayed prominently on major roads, various key aspects of that work. “We hope, as the Treasurer, Kevin Foley, “The billboards show a representative prepares his budget and reviews public range of public sector workers including park spending, that he listens and understands the rangers, school services officers and enormous pressure the public sector is already educational professionals, health workers, under. The State Government invited the “While there may be intent for example to increase health funding as a result of election public housing officers, court staff and PSA to put forward submissions as part “He needs to value the excellent work promises or the expenditure review, there are correctional services officers. people like those displayed on our billboards of its review into public sector questions about how this funding increase will “In this environment it is vital for perform for us all, often under very difficult expenditure. impact across the broader health workforce In response, the PSA commissioned Government to understand the critical need and at times dangerous circumstances.” and how other jurisdictions are to continue to research and sought members’ views, as function unless there are considerable reported in other stories on these pages. changes to how work is done and indeed in Additionally, it presented a significant some cases whether or not some services report on public sector management and continue.” reform issues to Minister Jay Weatherill in his Workforce planning is critical to the future new role as Minister assisting the Premier in viability of the public sector – given existing Public Sector Management. staff and recruitment issues and an ageing His brief is to deliver major change workforce. directed at ensuring our State has the best possible public sector. He has previously indicated to the PSA that he is not looking to create a smaller public sector, but a more dynamic one, and he welcomed the PSA What the report putting forward agenda items for improvement. has recommended This report was intended to present n Each CEO be responsible for positive opportunities for the State developing a workforce plan; Government to improve the way in which the n Government invest in a 5 year program Right: An ad public sector is currently administered, to upgrade technology systems; being shot at resulting in improved efficiency and better n A regional employment impact the RAH services. assessment be undertaken for any It takes a wide-ranging and forward- intended cuts to services from regions; Below: One of looking approach, in contrast to previous n That the long term impacts of cutting the ads on State and Federal Government public sector any infrastructure or asset maintenance site actions which have adopted a “cut the budget programs be assessed in relation to first, ask questions later” style. potential efficiency cuts in these areas; The report also notes other previous n The Commissioner for Public undertakings from the Government to the Employment be funded to develop and PSA prior to the March State election maintain cross agency training safeguarding the public sector, and that the programs; Premier had written to the PSA committing to n An impact statement be prepared for rebuilding and rejuvenating the public sector. any recommended “cut” including the Issues addressed in the report included: economic and social impact on • Improving the “silo” mentality of community members and the ability of individual agencies which compete for Ministers and agencies to maintain resources; legislative compliance. • Streamlining the delivery of services to The full text of this extensive report can be single recipients where more than one found on the PSA website. agency is involved; • Addressing the skills mix of the public sector, including skills shortage areas; • Addressing the issue of the ageing public Encouraging mobility sector workforce and the implications of Encouraging mobility across the public this including retention of skilled and experienced employees; • Improving mobility of employees, between agencies and also through the sector will also contribute to reducing the “silo” mentality of departments where there is fierce competition for resources. “Currently mobility is limited by different Increased funding needed for public sector classification structure, thus improving employment conditions within agencies and career development opportunities; units across the public sector,” the report • Examination of areas currently under notes. resourced resulting in increased “This matter should be rectified by workloads and long waiting lists. bringing health and the broader public sector The report states: “There is considerable other similarly vital services which are together under a uniform set of employment Continued from page 1 already groaning under the strain of public concern about the impact which further conditions but with the proviso that budget cuts might have on already stretched through positive active measures rather than demand and lack of resources. employment conditions are maintained for simple old fashioned razor sharpening. services. various groups within the proposed changes.” We expect the State Government to “In some areas there is concern that either In summary, the PSA has clearly properly fund these services and our current Proper recognition of the work performed the legal requirements of government or that by public sector workers is also sought. A demonstrated to government the good state of advertising campaign highlights the value of the Government’s State Strategic Plan targets system of awards for excellence within the our economy, the existing skills shortage and the full range of such service providers. are at risk of not being met. public sector is suggested. high level of work pressures within the public This State cannot afford significant cuts to “What is most important to consider in In its concluding recommendations, the sector and the need for some greater flexibili- public expenditure in the Treasurer’s relation to public sector reform perhaps, are report says: “Government must carefully ty within the framework of the sector overall. September budget. not the issues themselves (although they are consider the notion of false economy in Greater expenditure in some vital areas of The PSA is willing to commit important) but the patterns that have been whatever cuts it makes so that changes to the public sector – namely schools, hospital significant future resources and funding to maintained over some period now, and the strategy, structures and staffing do not put at and law and order – are welcomed and much ensure election promises are kept, and the capacity of staff to be continuously resilient in risk the State’s wellbeing in the medium and needed. public sector is properly funded to continue to the face of some of these circumstances. longer term.” But they cannot come at the expense of work for all South Australians. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 5 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P5 Skills shortage causes stress, service cutsThe PSA commissioned Dr Luke Faulkner of the School of Management at the University of South Australia to investigate skills shortages within the public sector and the State generally. The report aimed to identify occupational categories lacking staff throughout the public sector. It was based on a literature review (to put the results into a national and global framework), public sector staff questionnaire results and interviews with a number of human resources personnel. The report notes Australia faces a severe skill shortage in coming years largely as a result of an ageing workforce. This was particularly true in South Australia with evidence of existing skills shortages in a number of occupations, industries and regions. The fact we have the oldest population in Australia means our workforce will look very different in 10 to 20 years time with one third of the State’s current workforce approaching retirement within a decade. Allied health workers were one of the featured areas of the billboard campaign showing professionals “Failure to address these issues now, and into the future, will result in a workforce vulnerable to the effect of skill shortages, poaching of workers and wage volatility,” the report states. “Most developed economies will experience Former Queensland similar changes leading to the continued loss of skilled people interstate and overseas.” Skills shortages lead to a number of negative impacts – including involuntary overtime, the inefficient use of workers and equipment and ultimately lower real output and worker satisfaction. Premier to examine Numerous areas identified by public sector staff where such skills shortages are already obvious included: social workers, speech therapists/pathologists, occupational therapists, correctional officers, psychologists, community service and youth workers, guidance officers, magistrate’s clerks, court reporters, administrative public sector staff, engineering project officers and specialized scientific positions. The consequences of this lack of staff included increased workplace injuries due to higher pressure and workloads plus heightened stress levels and poor morale. The impact on our community – due to the inability of overworked public sector workers to Former Queensland Premier red-tape and a more flexible, skilled and Ms McMahon said the PSA was meet demand – is equally concerning and puts Wayne Goss has been appointed responsive public sector”. concerned that the Commission was directed vulnerable people at risk. to review the Public Sector Management Act Solutions suggested by staff involved Chair of the newly formed The PSA was advised of the establish- (1995). benchmarking public sector remuneration to the Government Reform Commission. ment of the new Commission in a meeting private sector to make the public sector more with Minister Weatherill and Mr Goss “The PSA will ensure any review of the financially attractive to potential recruits and The Commission was announced by improving conditions of employment for staff attended by PSA General Secretary Jan Act does not erode workplace terms and Minister Jay Weatherill, who said its agenda working in remote regions. McMahon and PSA President Lindsay conditions of employment, or compromise was to improve public sector performance Retraining staff was also seen as a significant Oxlad. service delivery,” she said. and achieve targets of South Australia’s issue, as was the poor reputation of some agencies Strategic Plan. The PSA sought assurances the and overly complex job specifications. “The PSA is pleased the Government is Commission would not cut jobs, implement In summary, the report found: Joining Mr Goss on the Commission are: taking seriously issues the PSA has raised • There is difficulty in recruiting and retaining change which affected job security, or create over a number of years about the structure of Nick Rowley, former Senior Policy Adviser employees within the public sector; recommendations which caused service cuts. the public sector. • The most common reason put forward for the to British PM Tony Blair; Warren McCann, Chief Executive of the South Australian difficulty in filling positions was low “In our meeting, Minister Weatherill remuneration; Department of the Premier and Cabinet; Sue “The PSA, and our members, have been categorically stated job security is • Lack of staff results in delays in provision of Vardon, Chief Executive of the South saying for a long time that service delivery guaranteed in the public sector,” goods and services to the public which again Australian Department for Families and and efficiency could be improved by some of results in increased pressure on existing staff. Ms McMahon said after the meeting. Communities. the measures this new Government Reform “One of the objectives of the SA Strategic “And there will be no service cuts and no Commission will examine. Many of the Plan was to ensure South Australia has enough Minister Weatherill said the job cuts. He stated again all pre-election things it will look at are our suggestions. skilled workers,” the report concludes. Commissioners would “play a key role in promises to that effect by the Treasurer and “According to the findings, it doesn’t seem driving the Government’s reform agenda, the Premier will be kept.” “We will ensure the PSA is heavily that the South Australian Government at present is which will result in better services for the involved and properly resourced to assist the fulfilling the SA Strategic Plan in rectifying the community, more streamlined processes, less Commission and protect our members.” problems of skill shortages.” 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 6 P6 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 Housing, disability shake-up The State Government has announced significant structural changes to the areas of housing and disability services. These changes have raised concerns for many members, which are being addressed by the PSA. In his announcement, Minister Jay Weatherill defined the reform as “a generational change in the way services are administered, governed and delivered”. He said new “one stop shops” were being created. The SA Housing Trust would continue Children, Youth and Family Services have Some staff will have to move offices and Reform Taskforce, chaired by Sue Grafter, the with a new role as a high needs housing concurrently been renamed Families SA. some places of work will be shut as services Disability Reform HR Taskforce and the provider, while a new Affordable Housing are integrated. Housing Reform HR Taskforce, both chaired The changes have considerable impacts on by Natalie Hamood. Trust would be created. The PSA has been working to ensure all the way the departments are structured. People needing housing services would issues and concerns arising from these Immediate reporting lines have changed in Matters under discussion include: human get them from newly created Housing SA reforms are addressed and/or resolved many instances, and the Minister admitted resources principles for transition; industrial offices. promptly. when structures were finalized there may be implications; transitional arrangements for Similarly, people seeking disability excess positions. The PSA has representation on the filling vacancies; redeployment assistance would get them from newly created Disability Services Reform Taskforce, chaired arrangements; training requirements; Disability Services SA. by Robbi Williams, the Housing Services workforce planning and FBT issues. Regional concerns raised Universities, Regional members have voiced their Regional members often feel more “People can feel isolated and out of the SA Water ongoing concerns and needs at a series of vulnerable than their city counterparts – loop.” meetings with PSA staff. A recent meeting of TAFE staff at Kadina, because of a lack of employment and promotion opportunities. The PSA’s new Enterprise Bargaining claim addresses these issues. EB update “It’s often forgotten that there is a real cost involving members from the copper triangle It seeks to discuss regional specific Intensive Enterprise Bargaining to work in regional communities,” towns, gave further insight into the particular improvements to attract new staff and retain needs of non-metropolitian workers. negotiations are continuing between the “Food is often more expensive, as is local residents. petrol, and there’s no public transport, so PSA/CPSU and the three Universities – The impact of the new WorkChoices there’s extra costs in running vehicles. Needs specific to regional members will University of SA, Flinders University and legislation – not only on members, but on their be fully discussed in continuing negotiations friends and family – was spelled out by PSA . with Government. Adelaide University. As required by the Federal Government’s new WorkChoices legislation, the PSA/CPSU collective agreement has to be “closed NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and comprehensive” – namely include all Community and Public Sector Union Public Service Association industrial matters. (SPSF Group) SA Branch of South Australia Incorporated This requires significant negotiation of every detail – virtually nothing is “off the table”. TIME: 12.30pm TIME: 12.45pm Despite this restrictive new regime imposed by the Federal Government, DATE: Thursday, 31 August 2006 DATE: Thursday, 31 August 2006 bargaining is progressing well and no recent VENUE: Jim Otte Room, PSA VENUE: Jim Otte Room, PSA gains have been traded off. 2nd Floor, 122 Pirie Street 2nd Floor, 122 Pirie Street Salary increases currently on offer include: Adelaide Adelaide • Adelaide University: 5% (9/6/07) plus 5% (7/6/08); • University of SA: 4% (30/6/07) plus 4% AGENDA AGENDA (30/6/08) and 2% (1/1/09); • Flinders University: 4% (30/6/07) plus 4% 1. Apologies 1. Apologies (30/6/08). 2. Confirmation of Minutes of 2. Confirmation of Minutes of These offers will be put to a ballot of Previous AGM Previous AGM members. 3. Annual Report 3. Annual Report For members employed by SA Water, the PSA has served a claim on SA Water for the 4. Financial Statements 4. Financial Statements negotiation of a new Enterprise Agreement to 5. Appointment of Auditors 5. Appointment of Auditors satisfy the requirements of WorkChoices. 6. Meeting Close 6. Life Memberships The claim’s minimum conditions include: no loss of existing terms and conditions; 7. Meeting Close continuation of the “no forced redundancy Jan McMahon, Branch Secretary provisions”; wage and condition outcomes no Jan McMahon, General Secretary less than those obtained through the next whole of Government Parity Enterprise Agreement; the standardisation of terms and A light lunch will be provided. conditions of employment to all SA Water employees. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 7 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P7 All your superannuation news Super How super performance changes will By Kevin Crawshaw Former PSA General Secretary,Kevin Crawshaw, affect you reflects on the performance that matters for PSA members. The Commonwealth Govern- will be taxed at the top marginal ment proposed several changes to tax rate. During my time as secretary of the Public up to 50% of their salary into superannuation. Now, I the current superannuation Service Association, quite naturally, our main know that with fuel prices and mortgages this is easier system in the recent Budget. Pension Scheme focus was on improvement in the wages and said than done, but given the tax advantages These changes will take effect mentioned above, it really is worthwhile thinking • Pension income received from conditions of our members. It was a time of from 1 July 2007, subject to being the Pension Scheme will continue about how to get as much as you possibly can into passed by the Commonwealth major changes in the number and structure of super! to be taxed at the member’s awards and in the union movement itself. Parliament. marginal tax rate. However, if the member is aged 60 or over they The superannuation guarantee levy had just been Super Performance The proposed changes will: will receive a 10% tax offset from introduced but at that time only around 30% of – Simplify the way super benefits 1 July 2007. members were making voluntary contributions to Finally, we really do have a first-rate super scheme are taxed superannuation. I can remember writing on more than Currently a member pays tax on – with great service from Super SA and great – Reduce the amount of tax that their pension income at marginal one occasion in the PS Review that the most effective investment performance by Funds SA. As a member thing the PSA could do for the financial wellbeing of people aged 60 and over pay on tax rates less a deduction for of the Funds SA board for the past twelve years I have their super benefits personal contributions. This our members would be to convince more of you to been pleased to be part of a big turn-around in contribute to super and thereby pick up the The changes depend on the type would continue to be the case for performance by Funds SA. Today it is a vastly members under age 60, but after government co-contribution. of benefit you receive on retirement. different organisation from the one that greeted me in age 60 they will receive a Well, as they say, there never was a better time 1994. Then it was inward looking and not performing Specifically: 10% tax offset in addition to than now! . . . and how is that? to benchmark. For many years now our performance Triple S and Lump Sum Schemes the deduction for personal Well, for SA Public Servants, the answer is for has been equal to or has exceeded our targets and we • When a member of the Triple S or contributions. three very good reasons. The first relates to the budget can now stand proudly alongside the best super funds Lump Sum scheme who is aged in Australia. For instance, the performance of the For example, it is proposed that measures announced by the federal government last 60 or over receives a lump sum after age 60 a member with an month which will take effect in July 2007, the second balanced product (to which most members belong) super benefit, they will now pay was 16% per annum for the three-year period until 30 assessable pension income of is the excellent salary sacrifice arrangements 15% tax on the post June 1983 $40,000 would have $4,000 to negotiated by the PSA several years ago and the third May 2006. This is 1% above our internal benchmark component of that benefit, for and an outstanding performance by any standard. offset against any tax payable. In has to do with the super performance of Funds SA. amounts of up to $700,000. other words, they will pay $4,000 Tax benefits Amounts above this will be taxed less tax. The take home message therefore is that if you at the top marginal tax rate. From 1 July 2007, for retirees aged 60 plus there aren’t already do yourself a big favour and start taking If you are planning to retire Currently a member aged 60 or before 1 July 2007 and/or before will be substantial tax benefits for all those who have full advantage of superannuation! over would pay approximately age 60, you may need to review contributed to superannuation. For those in taxed $43,000 in tax if receiving a your retirement strategy and seek funds no tax will be payable, for our members Kevin Crawshaw served on the PSA Council from $200,000 post June 83 amount. professional financial advice. fortunate to belong to the pension scheme there will 1980 until 1994, as President of the PSA from 1986 Under the proposed changes this be a tax off-set equal to 10% of the assessable income A detailed outline of the until 1988 and as General Secretary from 1988 until tax bill would drop to about (reducing the tax payable by around 50% for many Commonwealth’s plans in relation to 1992. $33,000. members) and for members of the lump sum and superannuation can be obtained on Triple S schemes lump sums will be taxed at 15 per • However, if a member who is the following website: cent up to a total amount of $700,000. Amounts above Since 1994 he has been the member-elected aged less than 60 receives a lump director of Funds SA. He will also be known to many sum super benefit, they will still http://simplersuper.treasury.gov.au this threshold would be taxed at the top marginal tax rate. Super has never looked so good! members as the Chairperson of Savings and Loans be taxed at the current rates on More information will be posted Credit Union, which the PSA got on its feet way back the post June 1983 component of on the Super SA website Salary Sacrifice in 1949 and as a Director of Health Partners, the that benefit, for amounts of up to www.supersa.sa.gov.au as it becomes Thanks to the great scheme negotiated by the PSA Health Insurance Funds again founded by the PSA in $700,000. Amounts above this available. some time ago, all PSA members can salary sacrifice 1937. Kevin works for the new Country Health SA. 1 Make your super votes count 1 SA Superannuation Funds SA Board Elections are to be held for Board positions with Funds SA. Elections are to be held for Board positions with the The ballot will open on Friday 4 August 2006 and South Australian Superannuation Board. will close on Monday 28 August 2006. The ballot will open on Friday 4 August 2006 and will close on Monday 28 August 2006. The State Electoral Office will mail ballot papers to members' homes. The State Electoral Office will mail ballot papers to members' homes. All members eligible to do so are urged to vote in these important elections. All members eligible to do so are urged to vote in these important elections. You must put at least the number “1” next to a candidate's name for your vote to count. You must put at least the number “1” next to a candidate's name for your vote to count. Jan McMahon Kevin Crawshaw 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 8 P8 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 Pirie St explosion PSA staff arrive to find major damage The PSA building in Pirie Street has been repaired after the early morning explosion that extensively damaged the building directly across the street. Damage was sustained to the front of the building from flying debris – includ- ing a bar stool which shattered a first floor window. Internal damage was not extensive. Work was temporarily disrupted in the building on the morning of the explosion to ensure worker safety. The PSA wishes to thank the large number of members who voiced their con- cern, through phone calls and emails, for the safety of staff on the day of the explosion. Top Left: The facade of the PSA building shows the impact. Far left: The scene of the explosion as viewed from the PSA building. Left: PSA President Lindsay Oxlad and Assistant General Secretary Nev Kitchin inspect the damage. Right: The scene on Pirie Street as seen from the PSA foyer. PSA meets with Speed camera new transport CEO operators win The PSA has met with the new Chief from the eastern seaboard States. Executive for DTEI, Mr Jim Hallion. During the meeting, Mr Hallion advised PSA President Lindsay Oxlad of his plans to rejuvenate To ensure the delivery of major infrastructure projects within budget and on time, Mr Hallion intends to implement the “Gateway Review backpay victory and reinvigorate DTEI and his proposal to revise Process” (adopted in the UK and Victoria) which the organisational structure for DTEI to enable it subjects major infrastructure projects to more to better respond to the Government’s policy rigorous control of costs and scope through the Many members of the Traffic SAPOL payroll has since been priorities. use of regular peer reviews during critical stages advised to determine the extent of of the project. Camera Unit (TCU) will be entitled to Mr Hallion stated he was impressed by the underpayment for each individual dedication of DTEI staff and he sees it as his role To ensure the efficient and cost effective back pay for underpayment of penalty member – likely to amount to several to enhance and improve the performance of the delivery of major infrastructure projects in rates after successful negotiations Department by improving existing structures and accordance with the Government’s requirements, hundred dollars for longer serving Mr Hallion will establish the Office of Major conducted on their behalf by PSA members. processes rather than implementing significant changes. Projects and Infrastructure. representatives. He said the Government was concerned DTEI He also foreshadowed a further review of The PSA is pleased this matter has was experiencing difficulty in delivering major existing directorates to ensure that their business The PSA advised the Commissioner been resolved and will continue to work infrastructure projects on time and within budget. operations effectively and efficiently deliver the of Police members were not receiving to ensure members receive their He said there was an urgent need to adopt and Government’s and Minister’s policy priorities and correct penalty rate payments for work objectives. entitlements. implement new strategies and processes to commenced prior to 7am. manage the commercial realities of delivering The PSA will continue to discuss such major infrastructure projects in South Australia in changes with members, and the department, to 2006 and beyond due to the level of competition ensure they are implemented appropriately. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 9 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P9 rocks PSA building Mental health crisis continues Rangers seek overtime for within correctional system fighting fires The PSA has recently written to the Chief A new mental health awareness the people within the system are mentally have committed crimes as a consequence ill. of their illness.” Executive of the Department for Environment and training package for correctional Heritage regarding member concerns about services officers proposed by the “Our message to Government is that The PSA is concerned the new underpayment of overtime. Department is being assessed by PSA these people shouldn’t be there,” she said. Department package would impose health These concerns were that, when Park Rangers worked representatives. care professional responsibilities on overtime fighting fires, the department was not paying the “We simply don’t have the resources, correctional services officers. The PSA appropriate rate. The Department has put forward the facilities or properly trained psychiatric believes health care professionals should Beyond midnight, the department ceased paying package suggestion as a means of staff to deal with them all. be the ones providing such care. Health overtime and reverted to paying ordinary rates. “training” staff to recognise prisoners with “In the Adelaide Remand Centre care services should be provided by PSA representatives met with DEH reps to discuss mental illnesses. alone, 70% of people are on anti-psychotic qualified health care professionals and these issues. However, the PSA and correctional medication. paid at a rate that recognises the level of After considering the information provided by DEH, services staff are concerned that such responsibility. the PSA was of the opinion that an Underpayment of steps do little to get to the root of the “And it is not uncommon for people Wages could be pursued by the PSA on behalf of its problem – an overwhelming number of who have committed no crime, and are The assessment of the training members. prisoners with mental illnesses, and lack facing no charges, to be detained in package, undertaken by worksite The PSA saw no reason why overtime payments for of resources to deal with them properly. prisons under the Mental Health Act representatives, will determine if it will be often dangerous and exhausting fire fighting duties should simply because there is nowhere else for of any benefit to staff, or if it is another be made at a lesser rate than any other required overtime. PSA Industrial Officer Margaret them to go. means of shifting the important The Department has sought further advice and is Jeffries said correctional services staff community issue of mental health into the considering this matter. If unresolved the PSA will take were already aware a large proportion of “Many others are there because they corrections environment. up this matter formally. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 10 P10 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 Expert research shows Committees to promote South Australian professionals Professional Industrial Committees economy is recovering have been established and have commenced discussions on a range of areas covered by the Professional Division of the PSA. The purpose of the committees is to promote the status, qualifications and advancement of members. The committees are working on strategies to this effect. As part of its response to the prospect of a significant deterioration in Treasurer’s review of public spending the national rate of economic growth, con- A general meeting of the Professional ‘ Industrial Committee will also be called soon and public sector resourcing, the PSA cede the need to maintain robust levels of for other groups wanting to be involved. commissioned research on the state of public sector activity, especially where our State’s economy. Action must infrastructure spending and training can be As part of the services provided to Professional members, the PSA is conducting This study aimed to put any planned directed to regions of high unemployment.” specific reclassification courses tailored to the cuts or budget adjustments into the context The report warns South Australian PSO stream. of economic reality – examining any real be taken to suffers especially from an unfavorable spa- While the PSA is already pursuing pressures, rather than political desires, to tial distribution of unemployment. improvements to the PSO stream to enable progression - including through Enterprise reduce jobs and services. While the gap between SA and In recent ABC radio interviews, the address the Australian rates of youth employment has Bargaining - personal reclassification is still an avenue for members to demonstrate they may Premier, Mike Rann, said he considered closed, it still remains at an unacceptably already be working at a higher classification level. our economy to be “in good nick” and had high rate nation-wide. “never been better”. deteriorating The age profile of the Public Sector is The next courses are scheduled for 27 September 2006 and 23 November 2006. Trade He said we would soon rival Western also of enormous concern. union training leave is available for members to Australia as a mining power, and pointed attend these courses. towards significant new employment with- PS age profile The report notes that years of low recruitment activity have resulted in a The courses provide a valuable opportunity ’ in defence areas. profile weighted towards older members of to begin a personal reclassification application, or to continue to work on one, and have access He highlighted the State’s Triple-A the workforce, who are obviously closer to to advice, resources and information to improve credit rating as evidence things were going the retirement age. the chances of success. well. – Dr James Juniper An insufficient number of young One of the advantages of a personal The Premier’s view is reflected in this workers is available both to replace retirees, reclassification is the ability to access backpay report, prepared by Dr James Juniper, from and to preserve the corporate memory of if successful. the School of Economics, Politics and ment and a healthy economic environment. the existing workforce. Members can email: Tourism at the University of Newcastle. email@example.com for further information. A budget in surplus is not the only The situation has worsened over the The Professional Division also held a It found there had been an economic indicator of good financial management. past 5 years with the median age of the meeting on June 30 with a representative from recovery in South Australia during the first workforce shifting outwards from 45 to 49, the Office of Public Employment to discuss new The report says the low spending of the term of the Rann Government. and to 53 in 2005. guidelines for industry posting – an initiative to Federal Government was having negative assist mobility between the public sector and In that time, public sector debt was impacts on unemployment which “can The report finds it is clear that “action other organisations. “severely reduced” in the bid to achieve a obviously be compounded by actions taken must be taken to address the deteriorating Triple-A credit rating – and had quite at a State level to preserve ongoing budget age profile in the South Australian Public possibly been reduced too far. surpluses in the interests of reducing Service”. Proper levels of Government spending outstanding public debt”. This cannot be achieved by job cuts, Allied Health – on infrastructure and services – is needed It recommends: “That the State caps or freezes. to stimulate growth and provide employ- Government, in acknowledging the key priority The PSA has highlighted important issues regarding allied health professionals Enjoy a PSA holiday home! in a letter to the Health Minister. Following regular meetings with members, the PSA wrote to the Minister to alert him to the substantial undervaluing of allied health professionals and their unique skills base. All units are now equipped with colour television and airconditioning. As part of Enterprise Bargaining Standard week is 2pm Saturday until 10am the following Saturday. negotiations, the PSA will be seeking significant improvements for allied health Members are advised to vacate the units by 10am at the latest. Earliest arrival time members including social workers, is 2pm.This time will be used to prepare the unit for your arrival. occupational therapists, radiographers and ultrasonographers. It is the responsibility of the member to replace any damages/breakages VACANCIES This follows in the wake of similar activities that occur. Au g u s t September October by the CPSU in Tasmania where a significant Glenelg 1- 4 9 - 30 7 - 27 improvement in pay and conditions was Off-season rates do not apply should school holidays fall during this period. 12 - 18 achieved. 26 - 31 Recruitment of qualified staff remains a hot School holiday bookings are decided by ballot. You must apply in writing. K a n g a ro o I s l a n d 12 - 8 issue with many areas understaffed with The ballot closing dates are: Christmas holidays - 30 April; April holidays - resultant overwork by others, and poor morale. 30 November; July holidays - 28 February; September holidays - 31 March. M a n nu m 1 - 11 1 - 22 1 - 31 26 - 31 30 Salary also lags significantly behind that received by allied health workers in the private Cancellations. If cancelled one month before, full refund is given. If cancelled two Pt Lincoln – 2 -15 14 - 31 sector, and those in similar roles in many other weeks before, half refund is given. If cancelled less than two weeks before, one Pt V i n c e n t 1- 4 2 - 15 1 - 31 States. third refund is given. 12 - 31 The PSA will continue to negotiate on Robe 1 - 31 1 - 30 1 - 31 behalf of members to eliminate these FOR INFORMATION CALL 8205 3200 OR TOLL FREE 1800 811 457 discrepancies in pay and conditions, and seek G o o lw a 5 - 31 9 - 22 14 - 31 structural change which improves conditions for all. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 11 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 P11 CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE 450 mm wide x 1210 mm high. $400 o.n.o. 400 metres to the ocean, cafes and shops. Lock-up undercover Washing Machine - 5.5 kg Whirlpool automatic front loader in Contact Dusty Goodluck on 0401 122 330 or 8303 0247. parking for two cars with remote control. Fully fenced rear garden. working condition - $200. Contact Helen on 0418 835 678. Small outdoor dogs permitted. Sleeps 6. Rates include linen. $110 Baltic Pine Coffee Table with drawer. 1200 mm long x 600 mm per night (off peak) and $150 per night (peak times). Minimum 2 Treadmill – Computerised, foldable, 16 km/hr motorised complete wide x 460 mm high. $100. Contact Dusty Goodluck on or more nights, excluding public holiday and school holidays. with manual. Brand new condition. Top of the range. $1300 (paid 0401122330 or 8303 30247 Enquiries phone 8552 4628 or 0412 922 280. $2000). Contact Helen on 0418 835 678. Air-conditioner - Wall mounted, working reverse cycle POPE Victor Harbor/“Sea Spray” is a beautifully furnished modern two Television PHILIPS 32” (76 cm) Colour Flat Wide Screen, model 1.5hp, 10amp. Clean unit with an attractive maple finish fascia. storey air conditioned 3 bedroom/2 bathroom luxury beach house 32PW8808. $100 o.n.o. Call Mike on Ph: 8205 3284 100 metres from the beach, cafes and shops. Sea views from the 2 years old, still under warranty; 100 Hz digital natural motion; vir- balcony and two bedrooms. Lock-up undercover parking for two tual dolby surround sound; teletext. $800 o.n.o. Contact Dusty HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION cars. Sleeps 6. Suitable for the family or for a romantic weekend Goodluck on 0401 122 330 or 8303 30247. for two. $180 per night for first two nights and $150 for subsequent Victor Harbor/“WaterWays Cottage” nights, excluding school and public holidays. Includes white linen. Baltic Pine Entertainment Unit / Display Cabinet. 2 x glass Compact 3 bedroom, air-conditioned beach house overlooking one Minimum 2 nights. PSA members 5% discount. AAA Tourism 4.5 doors, 2 x wooden doors and separate shelving. 1950 mm long x of Encounter Lakes sea water sandy white beaches (60 metres) and star rating. Enquiries phone 8552 4628 or 0412 922 280. green parklands. Perfect for swimming and picnics. Also about THE AMBASSADOR CARD Camel riding with Frontier Camel Tours is a rewarding and fun 432 Prospect Road, Kilburn 5084 Ph. (08) 8262 4565 experience. Skilled guides will talk about camels and flora & Present your Membership Card at time of purchase to receive 10% STOP PRESS: Don’t forget you can use your card at fauna along the trail while you sway along at a leisurely place high rebate on all products excluding livestock and special offers. Campbell’s Cash and Carry at North on your camel’s back. Plympton and Pooraka. Peterpans Adventure Travel Spirit of the Night Sky, an award winning presentation of the 123 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 Ph. 1800 188 799 Present your Membership Card on arrival to southern night sky, brings together scientific facts, practical Present your Membership Card at time of booking to receive: receive a day pass for cash purchases only. knowledge and storytelling in an entertaining and culturally (1) 20% rebate on all overnight Sailing Adventures Not valid for the purchase of liquor. appropriate way, resulting in an enthralling experience and a new (2) 20% rebate on all domestic or international Travel Insurance Alice Springs is much more than an overnight stop and you perspective of your place in the Universe. Learn how to find South (3) $40 rebate on any of Peterpans Favourites Package Deals save at the best tourist attractions. using the Southern Cross and the Pointers. Identify Planets, the (4) 10% rebate on any single product including campervan hire. Alice Springs Cultural Precinct is home to the Red Centre’s most Signs of the Zodiac and other constellations. interesting cultural and historical attractions including the Araluen Hear stories and myths from across the world. Discuss your Pimpala Road Boarding Cattery Centre and Galleries. experience over good coffee and cake in the Seven Sisters Gallery Cnr Pimpala & Pine Roads, Woodcroft 5162 Ph. (08) 8381 1215 The restored Telegraph Station Historical Reserve is a step back which features early Australian astronomy history, Aboriginal and Present your Membership Card to receive 15% rebate on boarding in time. Stone buildings and other features have been reconstructed western night-sky artwork, meteorites and space imagery. fees. Not valid months of December and January. to resemble their original appearance. It was one of the 12 repeater Tour starts after dark each day. stations built along the Overland Telegraph line in the early 1870s Roger David Stores to relay messages between Adelaide and Darwin. SOUTH AUSTRALIA - ADDITIONS All Outlets Nationally On the southern outskirts of town, the Old Ghan Museum takes Present your Membership Card at time of purchase to receive visitors back to the heyday of the legendary Old Ghan. LEISURE ACTIVITIES 10% rebate on all full price merchandise. Next to the Old Ghan Museum the National Road Transport Hall South Australian Jockey Club 20% rebate on standard ultimate suit hire package. of Fame is a must-see for vehicle lovers. The unique display of a Allan Scott Park, Morphett Road, Morphettville 5043 bygone era includes Australia's first motorised road train, a Ph. (08) 8295 0111 Woodside Boarding Cattery fantastic collection of old trucks and a great vintage car display. Present your Membership Card at ticket office to receive one 5 Verco Road, Woodside 5244 Ph. (08) 8389 7499 Feel part of the fun, excitement and colour that is racing at the Red complimentary admission with the payment of an adult admission Present your Membership Card to receive 10% rebate on boarding Centre Pioneer Park Racecourse where cardholders enjoy free of equal or greater value. Not valid on feature race days or in fees. Not valid months of December and January and Easter week. entry. conjunction with any other promotion. Valid at Morphettville, Desert Quads offer an exhilarating and safe ride on a quad bike Cheltenham and Victoria Park Racecourses. amongst some of the most spectacular outback scenery. Fox Tale Houseboats Outback Ballooning offers the wonderful experience of floating Strathalbyn Racing Club Morgan 5320 Ph. (08) 8540 2378 gently in the air with breathtaking views of the vast Australian Milne Road, Strathalbyn 5255 Ph. (08) 8536 2248 Mention your Membership Card at time of booking to receive outback. Present your Membership Card at ticket office to receive free 10% rebate on normal rate December/January school holidays and admission for cardholder and one guest. Easter week. 15% rebate at all other times. Alice Springs Reptile Centre is billed as the largest reptile display in the Northern Territory and well worth a visit to see Fox Tale Houseboats have a special introductory offer to Card snakes (inland taipans, browns and king browns), thorny devils, GOODS AND SERVICES members with 20% discount on all hires during September, frill neck lizards, goannas and saltwater crocodiles. Heliocol Solar Pool Heating October or November. A saving of $250 for a weekend (up to 8 The Red Ochre Grill Cafe Restaurant is situated in the Mall and people) or $545/week (up to 12 people). Ph. (08) 8326 9260 or 0412 446 046 welcomes Ambassador Cards after 7 pm seven nights per week. Mention your Membership Card to receive 10% rebate on sola Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge is snuggled into the base of the pool heating collectors, pumps, filters and chlorinators. DELETIONS magnificent MacDonnell Ranges at the southern entrance to Alice Not valid installation costs or with any other promotional offer. page 61 Flagstaff on Franklin Springs. Use your Ambassador Card for a rebate on a Lodge Room Northside Pets Superstore page 67 Red Rock Noodle Bar (North Adelaide) and in the Tavern. INFO BY EMAIL FEDERAL WEBSITE www.cpsu-spsf.asn.au The federal office for State public servants, the CPU-SPSF (State Public Services Federation) has Increasingly, the PSA is providing information to members on industrial launched a new website, and all PSA members are encouraged to contribute material. matters and other benefits via email. To ensure that you receive the very The website has general interest areas, an online journal “The Public Interest”, a links page and specific sections for women, schools, higher education and corrective services. latest information, please let us know if your email address changes. Just As well as being a useful site to ‘bookmark’, website co-ordinator Ryan Heath believes your send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and views and experiences need to be up in writing to make the site work. your membership record will be updated. If you have anything from a book review to a campaign victory in your workplace to report, email: email@example.com. UNION TRAINING PROGRAM GST Changes to the taxation laws have seen the introduction of a 10% GST from 1 July, 2000. The PSA is committed to providing a quality range of relevant training. PSA/CPSU is required to charge the GST for Goods and Services which we provide.While our subscription rates and other charges have not been increased, PSA/CPSU will add the GST cost For a full list of course details call Margaret Warner on (08) 8205 3209. in accordance with legal requirements. 70678 PSA Review Aug 06 alts 19/7/06 1:09 PM Page 12 P12 PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW JULY/AUGUST 06 If you join a non-member in your area now using the forms below, they and you will qualify to be in a draw for a weekend each at a PSA/CPSU holiday home. P S A M E M B E R S H I P A P P L I C AT I O N F O R M DIRECT DEBIT FORM The Public Service Association of SA Inc Methods of Payment ABN 62 406 330 782 Please complete one of the following sections Community & Public Sector Union SA Branch (SPSF Group) Direct Debit Pers o n a l d e t a i l s PSA subscription rates are 0.95% of substantive base salary (plus GST) to a maximum of the ASO5 rate and are tax deductible. The appropriate Goods and Services Tax amount will also be deducted. Unless otherwise notified, direct debits occur on the first working day of each month. Below is the authorisation for your Title Surname subscription to be paid by direct debit. First name/s To: The Manager Home address Name of Credit Union/Financial Institution Home Phone Gender Date of birth Address of Credit Union/Financial Institution E m p l oy m e n t d e t a i l s I/we request you, until further notice in writing, to debit from my/our account described in the schedule below, any amounts which the Public Service Association of SA Inc, Community and Public Sector Union, SA Branch Dept/agency (SPSF Group) may debit or charge me/us through the direct debit system. I/We understand and acknowledge that the Credit Union/Financial Institution may in its absolute discretion Work address determine: Work phone Work fax 1. The order of priority of payment by it of any money pursuant to this request or any authority or mandate. 2. At anytime by notice in writing to me/us terminate this request as to further debits. E-mail Signature/s Full time Part time Casual Date Total hours worked per week Classification (eg ASO 2) Member’s name Occupation Increment Address Annual salary Referred by Account name BSB number Account number PSA Membership I hereby apply to join the Public Service Association of SA and agree to be bound by the rules. Accounts CPSU Membership PSA/CPSU membership subscriptions may also be paid by cheque, money order or cash. I hereby apply to join the Community and Public Sector Union, State Public Services Federation If paying via this method, please make cheques and money orders payable to the PSA/CPSU. (SA Branch) and agree to be bound by the rules. I wish to pay quarterly I wish to pay half yearly I wish to pay annually Signature Date C r e d i t C a rd I do / do not wish to receive a tax statement (please circle). The PSA/CPSU is bound by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000. Information is collected to enable the union to contact you To pay by credit card on a monthly basis, please complete details below. about matters relating to your union membership and to ensure that we have the necessary information to represent your employment and related interests. A member can opt out of receiving such information by contacting the PSA/CPSU. The PSA/CPSU Privacy Card number / / / Statement is available from the union’s web site or by contacting the office. Cardholder’s name Expiry date Please mail our completed application form to: For any further information call the PSA on: Reply paid number 53006. PSA/CPSU SA Branch Card type Bankcard Mastercard Visa (08) 8205 3200 or freecall 1800 811 457 GPO Box 2170, Adelaide, SA 5001 (no stamp required) Signature PSA TRAINING PROGRAM August, September, October 2006 AUGUST For Pension and Lump Sum Scheme members, information If you are thinking about retirement in the next few years, you Road, Kadina 2 - Workplace Bullying sessions can be conducted at your worksite. If you would like should attend this Retirement Workshop. Some of the issues Book online at www.supersa.sa.gov.au Phone enquiries 1300 369 The aim of this seminar is to provide participants with an more information about worksite visits, please contact Super SA covered include Entitlements, Final Salary, converting pension to 315 opportunity to identify behaviour that constitutes bullying, discuss on 1300 369 315 or by email at Superbookings.com.au lump sum (commutation) and taxation issues. Followed by: what is the effect of this behaviour and what strategies can be This session will be followed by; Centrelink – Securing your future. Outline of the series of courses OCTOBER used to address this behaviour. Investing for your Future – Savings & Loans run by Centrelink for PSA members in 2006. Followed by: 16 & 17 Worksite Representatives Level 1 (9 am - 5 pm) Thinking about investing, but don't know where or how to get Savings & Loans Credit Union. This informative and interactive Worksite Representatives play a vital role in union organisation. 14 & 15 – Worksite Representatives Level 1 started? Investing for your Future – issues and options. This session covers the following: Choosing the best option for your The Federal Government's changes to Australia's workplace laws Worksite Representatives play a vital role in union organisation. session provides you with an introductory guide to the issues and Super SA benefit and save on tax using allocated pensions and will mean that our workplaces and conditions will be changing in The Federal Government's changes to Australia's workplace laws options faced by investors. Fundamental concepts of investing; income streams in retirement – how to maximise your Centrelink 2006. will mean that our workplaces and conditions will be changing in Risk vs Return, Asset Classes, Diversification. Things that impact payments in retirement – where to invest your funds for retirement There has never been a more important time in the history of the 2006. on your investments; Taxation, Inflation, Time horizon, Personal - “Putting it all together” for your best retirement. Trade Union movement. The gains of the past, current conditions There has never been a more important time in the history of the emergencies. Investment Options; Salary Sacrifice, Super or Non- (Lunch n Learn 12.00pm – 2.00pm) No bookings are necessary and the future generation's ability to be protected is at stake. Trade Union movement. The gains of the past, current conditions Super, Direct investing or managed funds, Borrowing to invest. for lunch time sessions, members and non-members are welcome. By attending a Worksite Representative training course you will and the future generation's ability to be protected is at stake. Where to get good advice and what to ask when looking for advice. 18 & 19 – Worksite Representatives Level 2 learn great skills and gain confidence to help you carry out this By attending a Worksite Representative training course you will The session will be conducted by a highly qualified and experienced To assist Worksite Representatives to further develop their skills, important role. learn great skills and gain confidence to help you carry out this member of the Savings an Loans Financial Planning Team. knowledge and confidence to organise in worksites. (9am – 5pm both days) important role. (Lunch n learn 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm) No bookings are necessary (2 day course 9.00am – 5.00pm each day) (9am – 5pm both days) for lunch time sessions, members and non-members are welcome. 21 – Reclassification Course 12 – Reclassification Course Part 2 17 – Reclassification Course Part 2 9 - Riverland - Super SA Regional Pre-retirement Seminars If you believe your job should be reclassified the first thing to do is If you have your reclassification application completed or partially If you have your reclassification application completed or partially All day pre-retirement seminar Loxton Hotel, East Terrace, Loxton. to find out what your chances of success are. This course completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course Book online at www.supersa.sa.gov.au Phone enquiries 1300 provides practical assistance on how to prepare and lodge an previously, this is a practical session to work through written previously, this is a practical session to work through written 369 315 application for reclassification. Open to all classification streams. applications. applications. (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm) (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm) (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm) SEPTEMBER 27 – PSO Reclassification Course 17 - Super SA Regional Pre-Retirement Seminar – Upper North 31 - Investing for your Future 4 – Union Orientation Course Courses specifically designed for PSO members. All day Pre-retirement seminar, Hawker Community Sporting Club, Session for Triple S members by Super SA, followed by Investment The PSA is an organising union. In an organising union members (All day course 9.30am – 4.30pm) Craddock Road Seminar by Savings and Loans. recognise that their union's strength comes from their power as a 28 – Conflict Resolution Book online at www.supersa.sa.gov.au Phone enquiries 1300 369 Super SA – Need to find out more about your Super? group or collective. Trainer: Dr Luke Faulkner 315 Whether retirement is 30 years away or just around the corner, Problems at work can be resolved by members working together. Dealing with difficult people and difficult situations can cause a lot 20 – Delivering Successful Presentations Super is a great way of saving for the future. Find out how your Unions can and do make a difference to our working lives. Your of stress and worry. Come along and learn basic techniques which Delivering effective and successful presentations is a skill and Triple S Scheme works and how to get the most out of it. It is never involvement will make a difference in making workplaces happier, will minimise these difficulties and lead to a more pleasant work these presentation skills can be learned. The more effort you put too late or too early to start thinking about Super. more productive and safer. We are pro-union which does not mean environment. The program will enable and encourage you to into developing your skills, the more comfortable and professional Topics covered by Super SA; anti management. Come along and find out more. discuss the kinds of real life situations which can be problematic. you will become. 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All day Pre-retirement seminar, Farmshed Museum Centre, Moonta (Half day course 2.00pm – 5.00pm) Review • Published six times a year www.cpsu.asn.au May 2006 www.cpsu.asn.au March 2006 CPSU Elections SPECIAL EDITION Election 06 The parties answer the PSA’s questions pages 5-8 Vote 1 • Full colour pages Protection for the Public www.cpsu.asn.au December 2005 Not happy John! for workers’ Thousands Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Berri, Roxby Downs, Whyalla, Port rights under Sector Professor John Spoehr addresses media, with Jan McMahon watching. Research Pirie and Leigh Creek. rally against The promises have been made, the “The South Australian Labor Government new IR laws PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon said the protest was an votes have been counted and the has a strong record in relation to increasing INSIDE • Direct-mailed overwhelming success and results declared. services to our community with resulting highlights www.cpsu.asn.au August/September 2005 Howard’s marked the start of an intensive campaign to have the legislation thrown out of Federal Parliament. Campaign posters of beaming hopefuls have fallen from thousands of stobie poles increases in thousands of jobs, primarily in the areas of health, education and community 3 Big Protest over proposed like autumn leaves, and the gushing torrent of safety, including child protection. Ms McMahon said the IR changes poor jobs changes presented the greatest election material poking from our letter boxes “Rather than the Liberal approach of slash threat to workers’ rights in recent The Rann Labor Government has has dried up. and burn with accompanying privatisations, ‘ memory. promised to protect the existing rights of we are committed to rebuilding and Now promises made in the heat of an The Federal Noted Guest policy “The changes will affect all public sector workers which are under election battle have to be kept. rejuvenating the public sector. workers, including public sector Federal IR Changes threat from the Federal Government’s Thousands of Public Service workers, and their families,” she new WorkChoices legislation. Government has The result of the March 18 poll, overall, is “We have made commitments in relation to working with the PSA to review the public Speaker for quite promising for public sector workers. Association members joined an estimated 30,000 South Australian workers in a said. PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon has failed its own test The Rann Government has been returned service classification structure, undertaking Professional “They will result in South national protest against the Howard Australian workers, including received a letter from Industrial Relations Minister Michael Wright MP confirming the of creating a triumphant with a massively increased workforce planning, retaining the merit Respected academic Professor John Division Government’s proposed industrial relations PSA members, losing the current majority, and the Legislative Council remains principle in relation to recruitment and ’ State Government's opposition to individual Spoehr was commissioned by the PSA to protection provided by State promotion, and maintaining payroll changes. contracts (AWA's), and supporting the right of fairer system a vibrant, well represented House of review. review the economic impact of the PSA members joined workers throughout Australia on 30th June 2005 to protest against the Federal Government's and superannuation from Awards. Many Awards provide notice of termination of up to 16 weeks, providing some security in case of dismissal. Several thousand PSA members attended a mass rally at Elder Park while hundreds of Awards through their abolition. “Awards currently define many basic conditions such as union members to bargain collectively through the PSA This is a great result for PSA members, Professor Andrew Stewart – Page 4 PSA General Secretary, Jan McMahon with Health Minister, John Hill Now the business of governing, rather than electioneering is underway – and the deductions for union members. “During our first term we have managed the State’s finances and public employment Opposition’s proposed 4,000 job cuts. Professor Spoehr is the Executive Director of 4 Employees, under the changes, will be left out in others gathered in regional centres as part of a Public Service Association is heartened by proposed changes to workplace relations penalty payments and leave. particularly as we look to the next round of Professionals, TAFE/Universities and those the Australian Institute for Social Research at the laws. Large numbers of PSA members were joined by Nurses and Fire Fighters at the office of the cold. 3. Reduce the Minimum Wage national day of action against the new workplace laws. Twelve buses were chartered for PSA These entitlements are now under serious threat.” Ms McMahon said the protest Enterprise Bargaining negotiations, and provides some peace of mind as the Federal Government continues its attack on the rights members working Authorities/Corporations. in Statutory The PSA put forward various proposals Minister promises to comments made by Premier Mike Rann and his deputy, Treasurer Kevin Foley, during the election campaign. responsibly and achieved growth in services. We will continue taking such responsible approach in the next four years. University of Adelaide. His research presented at a media conference of workers. Large Turnout Senator Amanda Vanstone to demonstrate their concerns. How will the changes affect South Australian Employees who receive their annual pay rise from Safety Net Adjustments conducted by the AIRC will be disadvantaged under the changes. members to attend the November 15 rally in Elder Park, which was followed by a protest march to Parliament House. rally on November 15 was the biggest Adelaide industrial event in decades. In a historic first, the rally was broadcast “People expect a Prime Minister to stand for fairness for all Australians, one that represents the interest of all Australians, not just a few,” he said. unions to represent workers,” she said. “Underpinning the Government changes is a proposal for a single set of national laws The PSA's recent achievement in gaining a renewed commitment to Job Security (see Page 3) if the State Labor Government is re- aimed at providing ongoing protection of existing benefits, even in those situations where members were to come under the work closely with PSA Faced by Liberal Party promises of 4,000 jobs to be shed from the public sector, the Government responded firmly, and “There will of course, as occurred in our first term, be some movement of jobs to areas of high priority, in line with community needs held at the PSA headquarters in the city aimed to assess the implications of the job losses in the context of the ageing of the public sector Regional SSO Conference • Regular features The Howard Government-appointed Australian Hundreds of PSA members gathered in by Sky Channel to enable workers, their on workplace relations, with the removal of Federal industrial jurisdiction. A SENIOR Cabinet Minister has “We (the Rann Labor Government) workforce and provide estimates of the likely workers? elected, along with the protection of existing appropriately, to assure South Australian’s and expectations, and this will continue to Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) will ‘set and venues elsewhere across the State, where they families and the community across Australia Ms McMahon said the Howard State Industrial Jurisdictions. conditions through this latest commitment The PSA believes the new Federal promised to work closely with the Public believe in unions, we support unions and we flow on impacts of the cuts on unemployment in watched a national broadcast of the rally, held workplace laws will apply to employees of want to work with unions. that such a “slash and burn” policy was not on occur in an orderly fashion with long periodically adjust’ minimum wages. to unite against the proposals. Government's proposed changes were causing from the State Government, are good results South Australia. 1. Australian Workplace Agreements At present, individual contracts must meet a no disadvantage test compared to Awards made by the Australian Industrial Relations 4. Erode the role of the AIRC simultaneously in captial cities and regional centres across Australia. South Australian regional venues included The Premier, Mike Rann, attended the rally, telling the huge crowd that the laws were “a real fundamental attack on the basic significant concern and confusion amongst PSA members. “The Prime Minister has made it very “The only minimum conditions will be for annual leave, personal leave, parental leave achieved by PSA working on behalf of members. Mr Wright’s letter followed a meeting trading corporations and that about half of PSA members will be affected. The changes are complex and will affect Service Association if the Rann Labor Government wins the State Election on March 18. Health Minister, John Hill told a packed “One of the most important parts of my job is to defend the Public Service and I defend your honour whenever I get the its agenda. In a letter to PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon, Premier Rann confirmed his established guidelines and involving meaningful consultation with unions. “We are committed to further improving In a statement presented at the media conference, Professor Spoehr said: “Apart from 5 The Office of the Employment Advocate Continued page 4 PSA members in differing ways and at chance. I have a particular warmth for the Commission (AIRC). However, under the Bordertown, Ceduna, Millicent, Mt Gambier, values South Australians hold’’. clear that this is an assault on the ability of with PSA President, Lindsay Oxlad, General meeting of public sector professionals that he support for the vital role of public sector community services.” (The full text of the the negative economic and unemployment (OEA) will be responsible for Australian differing times. Public Service. Secretary, Jan McMahon and Chief Industrial was committed to entering into a cooperative workers and the services they provide to our Premier’s letter is available on the PSA impact, this is simply bad policy. Howard Government “reforms”, the lower test Workplace Agreements. “You also should be out there as often as for AWA's will be five legislated minimum The independent scrutiny will disappear INSIDE Officer, Peter Christopher. The purpose of the meeting, sought by the In his letter, Minister Wright said he was concerned that South Australian workers, relationship with the PSA as he embarked on widespread reform of the public health possible explaining what you do and why the community. website.) “The 4,000 jobs cut come at a time when CPSU PSA meets new Health Minister employment conditions: including those in the Public Sector, would be public requires you.” Claiming the Liberal Opposition would The PSA welcomes these comments and because agreements will become effective from PSA, was to identify how the changes arising system. there is already an ageing population of public PAGE harmed by the WorkChoices legislation and Mr Hill was addressing a seminar of have had to force redundancies and privatise commitments. These are: the day they are lodged with the OEA. The from the Federal Government's WorkChoices Mr Hill also is the Minister for the servants, and fewer of them. process will no longer involve 'no disadvantage legislation would impact upon SA Public was supportive of proposals aimed at Environment and Conservation, Minister for public sector professionals which was services to reach its target of 4,000 jobs, he Elections 2006 3 • A minimum wage rate providing proper safeguards. organised by the PSA’s newly-created Continued page 4 Continued page 4 checks'. Sector workers, and to propose mechanisms to the Southern Suburbs and Minister Assisting said: • Annual leave (no loading) Mr Wright told Ms McMahon the reforms Professional Division. protect PSA members. the Premier in the Arts. were “all about bleeding the award system to The forum was the first in a series • Personal leave 5. Abolish unfair dismissal and redundancy The PSA was particularly concerned that A former teacher and honorary union planned this year by the Professional many members would come within the death, slashing workers entitlements and official, Mr Hill told the meeting he appreci- • Parental leave payment The Public Service Association has met imaging staff, laboratory technicians, “PSA also took the opportunity to raise Division. definition of “Trading Corporations” and destroying employment security. ated the role of the PSA and other unions in with the new Minister of Health, John Hill, administrative officers, radiographers, issues which only affected particular groups of Mr Hill outlined his vision for the • Maximum number of non-overtime Businesses that employ up to 100 employees to raise concerns about the impact of the physiotherapists, dieticians and speech members,” she said. SSO EB therefore move from the State to the Federal “I assure you and all your members that helping to protect the rights and conditions of continued reformation of the South hours per week will be exempt from unfair dismissal laws. Also, industrial jurisdiction. the Rann Labor Government is absolutely public sector employees. Howard Government’s proposed industrial pathologists. Employers will therefore not have to provide small businesses without an Enterprise “These included roster arrangements, proper PAGE The main areas expected by the PSA to be “I understand very much where you are equal pay rates or working conditions received Agreement in place will be exempt from paying relations changes on the public health “Under the Prime Minister’s proposed use of child protection funding and the proper affected were Health, including Allied Health Continued page 4 coming from,” he said. Continued page 4 by colleagues employed on an Enterprise Agreement or Award. AWAs will be able to include pay and redundancy payments. 6. Potentially limit Occupational Health and system. PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon, changes to Industrial Relations, virtually all SA public sector health workers will fall under the federal jurisdiction. This results from health formal recognition of PSA as a registered industrial organisation.” Another subject discussed during the 9 Safety (OH&S) President Lindsay Oxlad and Chief Industrial conditions which are less than those provided for workers not being Crown employees under the meeting was bullying within the public health Officer Peter Christopher told Mr Hill the in Awards and Enterprise Agreements without The Howard Government has flagged a 7. Limit union presence INSIDE Public Sector Management Act, but employees • Travel and entertainment proposed changes would impact on thousands of system. meeting a no disadvantage test. national industrial relations system that will The Howard Government has committed to health workers across South Australia. of incorporated health units. Bool Lagoon override current State laws. Among other things, pursue stalled legislative measures that will limit “The hierarchical structure of health, PAGE 2. Strip back Awards this could eliminate the rigorous OH&S union presence in the workplace and make “Under the Howard Government’s changes, “PSA suggested to Minister Hill that health including difficulty in recruitment and retention PAGE SSO’S of people, can result in bad or inappropriate CPSU 4 Au .au Under the guise of award simplification, the legislation implemented by States such as South collective bargaining difficult. These include every South Australian health worker employed workers be brought back under the PSM Act in tho de www.cpsu.asn Take a bow! rised b an McMa Howard Government proposes to remove notice Australia and replace them with weaker, tougher laws relating to right of entry, and laws order to provide ongoing protection within the behavior not being properly dealt with,” said Ms 10 Natio 22-28 August ek by a public health organisation which is a yJ 2005 We McMahon. elai of termination, jury service, long service leave employer-friendly regulations. encouraging pattern bargaining. lR State Industrial jurisdiction. The Minister na corporation, such as the Central Northern Ad ecognitio n ho St n, ie SA ir P /C 2P PS UB ranch Secretary , 12 Adelaide Health Service, is affected,” said Ms advised that legal advice is being sought “PSA suggested to Minister Hill that a clear McMahon. regarding available options to provide suitable policy statement is needed from the top about the SSOs take a bow protection.” standards that are expected, and a uniform “PSA advised Minister Hill this includes More IR Rally Full Bench decides PAGE 7 psychologists, social workers, dentists, pharmacists, medical scientists, occupational therapists, audiologists, optometrists, medical PSA discussed several other issues with Minister Hill, including the recognition of Allied Health workers and outsourcing. method of dealing with complaints introduced.” The Department of Health chief executive, Jim Birch, also attended the meeting. Photos The Full Bench of the South Australian Industrial Relations The No Extra Claims provision will operate until 1 June 2006. Commission has handed down its Decision in the long running salary campaign and arbitration case. Despite Government opposition, the Full Bench had previously determined an interim 3.5% which was payable from October 2004. th Members will recall that the South Australian Government referred the Payment of the new rates will take this into account. PSA 11 Biennial matter to arbitration after refusing to negotiate with the PSA, following the Conference rejection of its offer at ballot. The Decision of the Full Bench is final and not subject to appeal. PAGE The Full Bench has determined the following salary adjustments: • 1 October 2004 – ASO 1–3 (or equivalent) – ASO 4-6 (or equivalent) – 4.0%, – 3.75%. PSA General Secretary, Jan McMahon said “the overwhelming feedback from members is recognition of the PSA's efforts in trying to improve the Government offer, and disappointment that the Government 9 • News and views – ASO 7 and above (or equivalent) – 3.5% does not value all of its Public Sector workers equally.” • 1 October 2005 – ASO 1–3 (or equivalent) – 4.0%, – ASO 4-6 (or equivalent) – 3.75%. PSA will continue to explore options for future improvements, within Country Roundup – ASO 7 and above (or equivalent) – 3.5% Agencies and across the Public Sector.
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