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                                                            PUBLIC                                                SECTOR                                                                                                                                                             March 2008

PS Bill battle begins
   The State Government has prepared a                                                                                                              It has also warned, however, that if those
draft Public Sector Bill to replace the                                                                                                          areas of grave concern are not amended or
Public Sector Management Act with the             “Members' employment cannot be at the whim of a Chief Executive.”                              deleted from the draft Bill, significant
                                                                                                                                                 industrial    action   is   under      active
document currently out for consultation.                                                               Jan McMahon, PSA General Secretary        consideration.
   The PSA has rejected large portions of
                                                                                                                                                   “We are not at that stage yet,” PSA
the draft Bill and will act to protect members
                                                                                                                                                 General Secretary Jan McMahon said.
from unjust and unacceptable elements.
                                                                                                                                                    “We are willing to negotiate and seek an
    At metropolitan and regional meetings of
                                                                                                                                                 appropriate outcome. However, the
worksite representatives held in January,
                                                                                                                                                 Government must have no doubt that the
serious concerns were identified with the Bill.                                                                                                  draft Bill as it has been delivered to us is
   The last time a Government attempted to                                                                                                       unacceptable.
enforce new terms and conditions of                                                                                                                 “Unless there is substantial revision, we
employment on the public sector was in                                                                                                           will have no choice but to condemn this Bill
1995.                                                                                                                                            and act accordingly.
   Then, Premier Dean Brown tried to                                                                                                                 “The genuine independence of the Public
unilaterally impose a new – and highly                                                                                                           Sector – free of harassment and coercion – is
unacceptable – raft of conditions on the                                                                                                         at the heart of this.
Public Sector.
                                                                                                                                                    Members wishing to read the draft
   This resulted in mass rallies and large-                                                                                                      Bill   in      full    can     find it at
scale industrial unrest until the matter was                                                                                            The PSA
finally resolved with the creation of the                                                                                                        response to it is on our website.
Public Sector Management Act of 1995.                                                                                                                In brief, key PSA principles or demands
   This Act – and its hard won provisions                                                                                                        in the development of a new PS Bill are:
and protections - is now under threat.                                                                                                           •  Job security;
   The PSA recognises that, contrary to                                                                                                          •  No loss of current entitlements;
1995, the current State Government has put a                                                                                                     •  Independent appeals;
draft Bill forward for consultation and review.
                                                                                                                                                 •  A public sector wide approach to issues.
   PSA approves of this spirit of                                                                                                                   The new draft Bill falls far short in
conciliation and consultation – and has                                                                                                          several areas.
                                                   PSA President, Lindsay Oxlad, General Secretary Jan McMahon and Assistant General
responded accordingly with a submission            Secretary Nev Kitchin
detailing areas of key concern.                                                                                                                  Continued Page 10

Shared Services fight looms
   The State Government introduced                occur through natural attrition – this is in       Some 2300 FTEs – spread over 4000              “They want to save $60 million a year
Shared Services in the 2006 Budget with           line with job security commitments made to     staff – across 56 agencies are to transfer to   and don’t care how they do it or who is
the objective of saving $60 million a year        the PSA prior to the 2006 State election.      this new entity.                                harmed in the process.
through the loss of hundreds of jobs.                 The PSA’s guiding principle in all            Likely job cuts of 570 FTEs have been           “The PSA does care, however, and will
                                                  negotiations and public statements on shared   identified, including 256 in regional areas.    work to make sure that no-one is harmed in
    The Shared Services positions involved
include payroll, accounts, finance and            services is that no member should be           No answers                                      any way by this poorly thought out and
related IT.                                       disadvantaged in any way as a result of the                                                    planned    exercise     in   short-sighted
                                                                                                     The PSA has raised a number of key issues   mismanagement.”
   The PSA is concerned about the impact          transition to shared services.                 in relation to the processes involved in this
on members, jobs and services provided by            Under the Government scheme a new           transition. Answers have been slow in coming.      As part of preparations for any future
the public sector.                                Department – Shared Services SA – has                                                          industrial campaign, the PSA has met with
                                                                                                    “There is still a long way to go. Treasury
                                                  been created within the Department of                                                          other Public Sector Unions.
  Government, in negotiation with the                                                            in clearly focused on saving money – they
PSA, has agreed that any job losses will only     Treasury and Finance.                          don’t care about people.                        Continued Page 7

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Secretary’s Column                                                                                            President’s Column
                                                     “UNION”                                                                                               SHAME ON YOU
                                                      IS NOT A                                                                                             PREMIER, SHAME
                                                      DIRTY WORD                                                                                           ON YOU MICHAEL
                                                     By Jan McMahon                                                                                       By Lindsay Oxlad

                                                                 If anything can be said in favour of Work                                                         Furthermore,      the    Public   Service

    mages of union thugs storming into                                                                                 he Government’s shameful attack on
    workplaces amid claims the                             Choices it is that it reminded people of this               injured workers rights through its       Association’s submission to the Workcover
    economy would be destroyed by a                        right at a time when it was under threat.                   new      workers      compensation       Review not only highlighted the cause of the
return to the “bad old days” of union                            Many people, in these times of relative      legislation highlights once again how out of
                                                                                                                                                                alleged problems but also mapped out
dominance were all too common during                       economic prosperity, had forgotten the hard        touch it is with the needs and aspirations of
                                                                                                                                                                strategies to improve its performance in
the recent Federal Election.                               work undertaken by previous generations to         ordinary working families in South
                                                                                                              Australia.                                        getting injured workers back to work and
   This scaremongering and misinformation                  improve working conditions.
were meant to frighten people into voting for                                                                    As the architect of this legislation, Michal   forcing recalcitrant employers to provide
                                                                 They forgot that the “rights” they enjoyed
the Coalition.                                                                                                Wright (as the responsible Minister) should       their employees with a safe and healthy
                                                           as a result of those efforts could be stripped
   But people were frightened even more by                 away from them in an instant by an Act of          be ashamed of himself given his father Jack       workplace.
something else. They were afraid for their                 Parliament.                                        Wright’s past efforts to ensure that workers in
                                                                                                                                                                   It did not recommend cuts to injured
future.                                                                                                       South Australia have access to a fair and just
                                                                 They forgot that the fight to preserve                                                         workers entitlements nor did it propose
   They were worried about their family’s                                                                     workers compensation system.
                                                           existing rights and seek future advancement                                                          measures that imposed additional financial
security and the kind of working                           continues today. The Howard Government                 Unlike his father, who was acknowledged
                                                                                                              as the workers’ champion, Minister Wright         and emotional burdens on injured workers
environment that was being created for their               wanted people to turn their backs on the
children and grandchildren.                                                                                   (the son) introduced legislation that penalises   families.
                                                           unions which had helped in that fight,
    They were frightened by a Federal                      thinking they needed them no more.                 injured workers while benefitting those              Premier Rann needs to think again before
Government which had stripped them of                                                                         employers who should instead be required to
                                                                 Perhaps that will change now.                                                                  the unions’ campaign begins in earnest
hard won rights at work. And they voted                                                                       improve their workplace safety.
                                                                 I am a unionist and I am proud to be the                                                       because once it takes hold in the community
accordingly, sending a crystal clear message                                                                      One could never describe Michael Wright
                                                           General Secretary of this Association with                                                           and becomes a major election issue he risks
in the process.                                                                                               in the same terms that his father was
                                                           its     long   and    honorable    history   of                                                      defeat in 2010 just as John Howard was
   John Howard got it wrong with Work                                                                         described –“as the conciliator, the
                                                           achievement. And I am proud of the work                                                              defeated federally last year.
Choices – and he got it wrong by attacking                                                                    dealmaker, the fixer and the architect of
                                                           that we continue to do on behalf of
the democratic right to be a member of a                                                                      workers compensation legislation that was            The threat that unions should cop the
union.                                                                                                        friendly to injured workers”.
                                                                                                                                                                changes and not campaign against the
                                                                 The Public Service Association is a
   The inclusion of former union leaders in                                                                      SA Unions Secretary Janet Giles’
                                                           necessary voice in our community. It                                                                 Government to prevent the re-election of a
the Rudd team was apparently meant to                                                                         opposition to the new legislation is
                                                           preserves the rights of members and fights to                                                        State Liberal government highlights the
horrify people. In addition to being                                                                          applauded and strongly endorsed and will be
                                                           protect them from injustice. It cares about        supported by all unions (the PSA included).       arrogance of the Government and its
unionists, these people were teachers,
                                                           people and the vulnerable and marginalised         We look forward to being part of a wide           contempt of the trade union movement (and
parents, lawyers, community workers, etc.
                                                           members of our society which the public            ranging and concerted campaign to defeat          its members).
People like you and me. Instead, I believe, it
                                                           sector serves.                                     the Government’s attempts to solve the
helped to show there was a viable alternative                                                                                                                      At the risk of being labelled a whinger by
Government which included people who                             I am heartened by the fact that the people   management problems with Workcover by
                                                                                                                                                                Treasurer Foley for daring to criticise the
believed in basic working rights.                          of this country rejected Work Choices.             penalising injured workers.
                                                                                                                                                                Government, both he and Premier Rann
   Those rights include the right to bargain                     And I hope that this recent experience           Our members in Workcover are well
                                                           will act as a wake up call to people of the        aware of what needs to be done to improve         would do well to remember what it felt like
collectively – to join with your fellow
workers in the pursuit of just and fair                    importance of being a part of a strong and         its performance and have repeatedly voiced        to be in Opposition with few friends to call
conditions.                                                vibrant union.                                     their concerns to their management.               on for support.

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Workers under attack
   The PSA is strongly opposed to any                  The latest media reports arose from
moves to cut WorkCover benefits to                  continued consideration of the Clayton
injured workers.                                    Walsh review of WorkCover, established by
                                                    the Government in 2007.
    This opposition has been well noted in the
past, founded on basic principles of human             The PSA has made a detailed submission
decency. Put simply - workers do not choose         to Government in response to the Clayton
to be injured and should not suffer further         Walsh review - this is available on our
injury through pay loss as a consequence.
                                                        It is the PSA’s view that cuts to
   The latest reports – dismissed in the
                                                    entitlements are not necessary and will not
media by the Premier, Mike Rann –
                                                    fix the problems.
suggested Cabinet was considering cutting
benefits to injured workers as a means of              Rather, the Government should be
reducing future unfunded liability.                 ensuring that employers play their part in
                                                    getting injured workers back to work with
   Any such move would be met with the
                                                    proper support while achieving and
firmest of opposition from the PSA and
                                                    maintaining the proper occupational health
other unions.
                                                    and safety standards to reduce work injuries.
   “Under no circumstances will we allow
                                                        The proposed savage cuts to entitlements
an attack on workers of this nature.” PSA
                                                    would result in injured workers receiving
General Secretary Jan McMahon said.                                                                       PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with SA Unions Secretary Janet Giles & ANF Branch
                                                    95% of their wage for the first 12 weeks of           Secretary Lee Thomas
   “Any such effort will be hugely                  injury – with this being further reduced to
unpopular with the people of this State and         just 75% thereafter.
will be vehemently opposed.”                                                                                “Cuts such as these, and other reductions                    “Members can be assured that the PSA
                                                    This equates to an annual reduction of:
                                                                                                         in benefits to injured workers, will not fix                 will fight any such move.”
   The PSA notes and applauds moves by              PO2 top increment - $17,005.75                       the problem,” Ms McMahon said.                                  “The most effective way to reduce
SA Unions secretary Janet Giles to resign
                                                    TGO1 top increment – $12,070.75                          “Any move to switch the burden away                      ongoing future costs to WorkCover is to
from the board of WorkCover in protest, and
in order to be able to campiagn against any         ASO2 top increment – $10,798.75                      from employers onto injured workers is                       support programs that allow workers to return
proposed cuts.                                      OPS3 top increment – $12,440.50                      clearly reprehensible and will not be tolerated.             to work as soon as practical after injury.”

Good start for new Federal Government
    The new Rudd Federal Government                 by the Howard Government, urging people                  “If the Senate denies passage of our                        The PSA will be carefully monitoring
is off to a flying start, rapidly delivering        to vote against Work Choices.                        legislation,” she said, “they are not                        any such transitions to ensure members and
on promises made during the long                       This was the right thing to do – as was           frustrating the Labor Party, they are treating               the community are protected.
election campaign.                                  made clear by the enormous swing against             the Australian people with contempt.”                           Similarly, future changes in the industrial
   Within weeks of taking office, the new           the Government.                                         The Workplace Relations Amendment                         landscape, will see a review of State and
Government made clear its position on,                  On the same day that Australia’s Prime           Bill 2008 will not only prevent the making of                Federal jurisdictions.
among other things, withdrawal of troops            Minister said sorry to the Stolen Generations,       new AWAs after the commencement date, it                        The PSA/CPSU is prepared for such an
from Iraq.                                          our new Workplace Relations Minister, Julia          will introduce a new “no-disadvantage test”.                 eventuality and will always ensure that it is
    It also took just 11 weeks to say sorry to      Gillard, introduced legislation to move from            Other positives already starting to                       there to protect members as it has for more
the Stolen Generations – something the              Work Choices to Labor’s new laws, due to be          become obvious should continue to flow                       than 120 years, both as the state registered
previous Government had failed to address           fully operational by January 1, 2010.                from the improved relationship between                       PSA and the federally registered CPSU.
in 11 long years.                                      Speaking in the House of Representatives          State and Federal Governments.
    On the industrial relations front, the          on February 13, Ms Gillard said: “Almost                 The new, more co-operative approach has
Government has not been tardy in acting to          three months ago, the Australian people              already been seen in a meeting of COAG, as
tear down the grossly unfair “Work Choices”         voted for change.                                    well as meetings with Health, Education and
laws which were a key factor in the undoing             “And in doing so, they voted for a change        IR ministers.
of John Howard and his Government.                  to our workplace relations laws.                        Nationally important areas which have
    The PSA was a strong opponent of Work              “Today I announce that from this date             caused significant division in the past should
Choices and an active participant in efforts        there will be no new Australian Workplace            now be capable of solution – including such
to have it overthrown.                              Agreements entered into in the Australian            contentious topics as health funding,
   To that end, the PSA – which is a non-           Public Service.”                                     education, transport and public housing.
partisan organisation which provides no                 She also warned the Senate not to make any          This could lead to shifts in balance and                   PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with
funding to any political party – took a stand       efforts to block this legislation, saying it would   control of various functions between the                      Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard &
against the laws promulgated and supported          not be tolerated by the Australian people.           States and the Federal Government.                            Assistant General Secretary Nev Kitchin

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Schools EB underway                                                                                                        The current Department for                       The PSA/CPSU is insisting on a
                                                                                                                        Education and Children's Services                common outcome for all school based staff,
                                                                                                                        Enterprise Agreement expires on                  not one which values School Services
                                                                                                                        March 31 this year and negotiations              Officers and other staff less than teachers.
                                                                                                                        for a new EB are underway.                          The PSA will also seek to ensure SSOs
                                                                                                                            The PSA consulted widely and surveyed        have a role in Departmental decision
                                                                                                                        all PSA SSO members during 2007.                 making through representation on the
                                                                                                                           Among issues raised which are likely to       Policy Advisory Committee.
                                                                                                                        become part of future negotiations were: a          Members will continue to be consulted
                                                                                                                        review of SSO workloads; impact of school        and thoroughly informed throughout this EB
                                                                                                                        closure days and a time bank.                    process to ensure a satisfactory outcome.

                                                                                                                         PS “Performance” Commission
                                                                                                                           The latest surprising decision by the         ranging powers, the Government now
                                                                                                                        State Government to quietly establish a          introduces this new body.
                                                                                                                        new multi-million dollar watchdog                    The Chief Executive of the PSPC will,
                                                                                                                        commission is yet to be explained.               according to the job description, “drive
                                                                                                                            With no consultation, no forewarning,        significant reform and revitalisation of the
                                                                                                                        and no fanfare, the Government quietly           public sector”.
                                                                                                                        slipped ads into the local newspaper to staff       Consultation to date in regard the PSPC
                                                                                                                        the new body, apparently to be called the        has been non-existent. This does not argue
                                                                                                                        Public Sector Performance Commission.            well for the future of this entity.
                                                                                                                           With a $3 million annual budget, 15              The PSA sincerely hopes this new
                                                                                                                        FTEs and a number of external                    Commission does provide an avenue for
                                                                                                                        secondments, the newly minted PSPC               positive change within the Public Sector.
                                                                                                                        apparently has a bizarre grab bag of             There are many things which need
                                                                                                                        functions and expectations ahead of it.          improving, as we have been at pains to
                                                                                                                            Formed as a result of the now defunct        demonstrate in the past.
                                                                                                                        Goss review group, this latest incarnation           If not it will be just another opportunity
                                                                                                                        arises at the same time, notably, as the         lost, many millions wasted, and fade into
                                                                                                                        Government has gutted the office of the          history as the latest in a long line of
                                                                                                                        Commissioner for Public Employment.              misguided and ill-conducted reviews.
                           PSA/CPSU Councillors Di Rankine and Max Hodge with General Secretary Jan McMahon
                                                                                                                            Having removed this avenue for natural          Reviews, afterall, are rather like buses.
                    Authorised by Jan McMahon, PSA General Secretary, 122 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000                    justice and checks and balances, and taken       There is always another one just around the
                                                                                                                        steps to give Chief Executives more wide-        corner.

PSA response in brief
   The Public Service Association                                    “lower level” intermediary process, is             The gutting of the current Office of the        legislation. By definition Regulations are
responded to the draft Bill on January 22.                           regarded as unacceptable.                       Commissioner of Public Employment has              subordinate legislation and potentially avoid
                                                                                                                     already had detrimental effects and the            direct Parliamentary consideration of important
   The written submission from PSA                                   Chief Executive powers
                                                                                                                     extension of this in the draft Bill will further
General Secretary Jan McMahon was                                                                                                                                       issues unless they arise in the context of a
                                                                         Employment     directly  by   Chief         exacerbate problems.
delivered to Public Sector Management                                                                                                                                   disallowance motion in either House.
                                                                     Executives rather than the Commissioner
Minister Jay Weatherill.                                                                                             Assignment and Redeployment
                                                                     raises concerns.                                                                                         Further, in the absence of proposed
   The submission raised numerous issues                                                                                PSA is concerned that provisions for the
                                                                        Issues of process, employment status                                                            Regulations any comment on the Bill itself
which concerned the PSA and which                                                                                    assignment of staff to a lower remuneration
                                                                     across the public sector, remuneration and                                                         cannot be complete. PSA requires that the
required further discussion. Subsequent                                                                              level without their agreement have been
                                                                     terms and conditions of employment are                                                             Regulations be provided for consideration
drafting changes to the proposed Bill could                                                                          removed (s.46).
                                                                     potentially affected. The degree to which
only be considered pending the outcomes of                                                                              The new provision for reduction in              along with the draft Bill, not after it has been
                                                                     PSA concerns are realised or otherwise will
those discussion.                                                                                                    remuneration level is unacceptable.                introduced into Parliament.
                                                                     depend upon the clarification provided by
   This response provided initial comments                           Government.                                     Executive employment.                              General
only, and the PSA expects to provide
                                                                        The ability of CEs to hire, fire and             Executive employment is now proposed
ongoing input into the draft Bill as                                                                                                                                          A related issue of importance is the
                                                                     discipline, while at the same time being        to be untenured. This goes further than even
negotiations get underway.                                                                                                                                              understanding       that      Government      is
                                                                     responsible for internal appeals process, is    the current unsatisfactory arrangement
Key concerns about the Bill included:                                not acceptable.                                                                                    considering changes to legislation for other
                                                                                                                     whereby Chief Executives at least nominally
                                                                                                                                                                        public sector employment categories, such as
Appeals                                                              Commissioner for Public Sector                  have the power to offer tenured fall back.
                                                                                                                     Removal of such tenure for Executives is, in       police, nurses and teachers.
   Any new process for reviewing                                     Employment
                                                                                                                     effect, constructive dismissal.                          Should this be so, in view of the
employment decisions must include an                                     Providing Human Resource related
independent and effective appeal process to                                                                          Greater use of Regulations                         common underpinning principles affecting
                                                                     authority directly to Chief Executives raises
maintain the integrity of the public sector.                         serious concerns that there will no longer be       An overarching concern is the degree to        all    public   sector     workers,   the   PSA
   The proposal for appeals to the SA                                a single authority to address public sector     which Regulations are proposed in the Bill,        recommends that all such legislation be
Industrial Relations Commission, without a                           wide HR issues and policy.                      rather than specific references in the             dealt with at the same time.
                                                                                                                                                         PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW MARCH 08              P5

Work Level                                      Jobs filling for dentists
Review                                             Successful negotiations and first ever industrial
                                                action by our State’s public dentists already appears
   A new classification structure was           to be paying dividends.
developed for Professional Officers during
                                                    Last year, the PSA led our dentists in a campaign to
the last round of Enterprise Bargaining
                                                gain more funding and better conditions as a means of
    New work level definitions were             attracting new staff.
negotiated across the public sector and,
                                                   Staff numbers had been in a state of decay for some
once the Enterprise Agreement was
                                                time largely due to the huge disparity in pay and
finalised, Professional Officers were           conditions between private and public sector dentists.
transferred into the new structure.
                                                   That disparity had seen the number of dentists
    The 2006 Enterprise Agreement also          employed by SADS – which services schools and
set out provisions for a review of these new    community groups including the aged, unemployed,
Work Level Definitions.                         disabled and low income earners – fall from 154 to 88 in
   This Review aims to provide interested       recent years.
parties with an opportunity to identify any         There were also only six dentists – most nearing
areas of concerns and negotiate changes to      retirement age – to help almost 200,000 children in the
ensure the Work Level Definitions are           School Dental Service.
correctly classifying Professionals in the          After negotiations faltered, PSA dental members voted
public sector.                                  for industrial action which ultimately led to a hearing in
   The PSA has met with Public Sector           the Industrial Relations Commission.
Workforce Relations (PSWR) to discuss               The PSA was subsequently able to broker a significant
the terms of reference for the Review and       offer from the Department to assist in recruitment and
the time lines, stressing the importance of     retention. Public dentists accepted that offer in August.
providing sufficient time for consultation         Since then, salaries for graduate dentists in the public
with all members.                               sector have increased by 25%.
   The PSA has established a Professional          As a result, 15 graduate dentists have been engaged in
Working Party specifically to develop the       the State system since December.
PSA submission. If any Professional                “This was a significant achievement, and one of which
members would like to participate in this       our public dentists can be justifiably proud,” PSA General
group, please contact Gayle Peak at the         Secretary Jan McMahon said.
PSA on
                                                  “In consultation with the PSA, they have greatly
  Regular updates will be provided to           improved a situation which was causing suffering for
members.                                        members of our community.
    It is expected that the Review will be         “There is still more to be done, but this has been a
finalised by May 2008.                          very pleasing first step.”

Fighting Dom Care privatisation
    Moves by management to expand                   There is a waiting list of more than 1400        That deadline passed without such a             PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon told
privatisation of in-home care of elderly        people. Despite this huge demand,                 confirmation, and the subsequent work to           the media as part of this campaign.
citizens provoked an angry response and         management is choosing to “outsource” (i.e.
                                                                                                  rule was the first phase of industrial action to
                                                privatise) Para Medical Aide work functions                                                             “At a recent meeting they voted to
industrial action.                                                                                ensure staff and those they care for are
                                                rather than provide additional work to these                                                         condemn management for the ongoing
    Para Medical Aides at Domiciliary Care      skilled public sector staff.                      protected.
SA voted in February to withdraw goodwill                                                                                                            privatisation of their roles – which is
(i.e “work to rule”) as the first phase of                                                                                                           resulting in second rate service to clients.
industrial action against management.
   This followed a prolonged period of
                                                This privatisation is purely about making things                                                        “This privatisation comes despite the
negotiation with management, orchestrated
by the PSA.                                     easier for management rather than better for clients.                                                State Government’s mandated policy of no
                                                                                                                                                     further privatisation.
   Domiciliary       Care      SA   provides
Government-funded services to people with
                                                It will save no money. It will not improve services”                                                    “It will save no money. It will not
reduced ability to care for themselves to
assist them to stay in their own homes.
                                                                                        Jan McMahon, PSA General Secretary                           improve services. This privatisation is purely
                                                                                                                                                     about making things easier for management
   Para Medical Aides are fully trained
                                                                                                                                                     rather than better for clients.”
public sector workers who assist clients with                                                        “These highly skilled and caring Para
                                                   During    earlier    negotiations,   PMAs
Home Help - such as shopping, bill paying,                                                                                                              As a result of this firm stance and
                                                condemned Domiciliary Care SA for the             Medical Aides have been negotiating long
physical assistance, cleaning / washing /                                                                                                            ongoing negotiations, management finally
personal care and rehabilitation / exercise     continuing     privatisations    and     gave     and hard, with the assistance of the PSA, to
programs as well as providing respite for                                                         be allowed to provide the work that is             agreed to reverse their movement toward
                                                management a deadline to confirm that this
family carers.                                  practice would cease.                             desperately needed by our aged and infirm,”        further privatisations.

     workload bans
                                                      Safety is not negotiable
                                                         A string of violent attacks on staff at the Cavan Youth              In the longer term, members sought: to increase staffing ratios;
      Chronic imposition of unreasonable                                                                                   house residents with mental health issues in appropriate
                                                      Training Centre has prompted a series of safety demands
 working conditions and ever increasing                                                                                    accommodation; the “rubberizing” of all separation cabins;
                                                      from the PSA.
 workloads have brought members in the                                                                                     improved remuneration for Youth Workers to improve recruitment
                                                         PSA members met in January to discuss the serious incidents.      and retention.
 Mt Gambier Community Corrections
                                                         They were united in their concerns for their colleagues,            The members vowed to take action unless a suitable resolution
 Centre to breaking point.
                                                      residents and their own safety and were clearly determined to        was forthcoming.
      Despite regular representations to, and         ensure that their management honored their duty to maintain a safe      Two days later representatives of the Chief Executive of the
 meetings with, Corrections management, this          working environment.                                                 Department for Families and Communities met with PSA reps
 issue has been festering for too long.                  Members determined that the security and safety of staff and      and agreed to: increase staffing; move problem residents where
                                                                                                                           legislation permits; conduct a comprehensive review of safety
      Management had been given every                 residents is paramount and in accord with the Government’s
                                                                                                                           and security and provide a complete set of standard operating
 opportunity to improve conditions – and had          requirement of safety in the workplace for Public Sector workers.
 failed to act.                                          The meeting sought an immediate increase in the number of             Members considered this response to be appropriate and
      It was noted that the Enterprise Agreement      workers and the movement of problem residents.                       delayed any industrial action.
 states: “In establishing and maintaining a safe         It also sought provision of appropriate personal protective          The PSA will continue to consult with the Department to
 and healthy work environment, an agency will         equipment and training in its use.                                   ensure the long term commitments are achieved.
 not require an employee to have an
 unreasonable workload in the ordinary
 discharge of the employee’s duties.”
      Members       determined      to    put   new
 strategies in place to assist them in managing
 their unreasonably high workloads.
      It is the PSA's view that Mt Gambier
 Community Corrections staff have had an
 unreasonable workload for quite some time,
 and that Senior Management has failed to
 provide adequate funding for additional staff,
 despite comprehensive consultation and
 statistical evidence with regard to the high
      Members ceased working any extra
 hours and will no longer write parole, bail
 or pre-sentence reports, or cover each others
      Members sought the appointment of two
 additional       ongoing     FTE        Community
 Corrections Officers.
      The PSA is committed to ensuring its
 members' health, safety and wellbeing are
 protected at all times.
                                                       From right: PSA Assistant General Secretary Nev Kitchin & Industrial Officer Jean-Guy Townsend with members at Cavan

     FMC wage claim
     Claims of underpayment by Dietetics
 staff at the Flinders Medical Centre has
 prompted a swift response from the PSA.
     The staff met with PSA representatives to
 raise significant concerns about pay issues,
 including: underpayment for recall to work
 duties; overtime claims not being paid for
 work    conducted       at   home;      inadequate
 payment of oncall allowance.

     A dispute raised by staff met with an
 inadequate and flawed response, as was made
 clear to the South Adelaide Health Service by
 the PSA.

     The PSA has sought an audit of
 overtime/recall rates of pay used for PO2
 staff working in the Dietetics Office at FMC,
 and any underpayment of wages to be paid.             PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with members at Families SA in Murray Bridge
                                                                                                                                                            PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW MARCH 08          P7

Shared Services Impacts
   The impact of shared services – if the               The detrimental impact on regional             Metro issues                                         There are also significant and real
Government insists on pushing ahead -               economies will be measured in the millions                                                           concerns about workloads – how will the
                                                                                                          Metropolitan workers are being given no
will be at best disruptive and at worst             of dollars with multiplier job losses of                                                             work be apportioned when the number of staff
                                                    thousands.                                         choice by Government. They will have to
disastrous across the public sector.                                                                   move into the CBD.
                                                                                                                                                         has diminished but the workload has not.
                                                        The Government has said no staff
   Below are some of the ways in which                                                                                                                      And there is little faith that technology
                                                    member will be forced to move. Functions              For workers located in outer southern or
workers could be disadvantaged – without                                                                                                                 will provide the answers, given the
                                                    and jobs will move to Adelaide.                    northern suburbs, this will have inevitable
the protection of the PSA and a preparedness                                                                                                             appalling state of payroll and HR systems
by members to fight against this move.                  Under the Government’s scheme, all the         impacts.
                                                    targeted jobs (and their funding) will be                                                            currently in use.
                                                                                                          Travel time, the costs of transport and
Disruption                                          transferred to Treasury. Any staff who do
                                                                                                       parking, additional childcare needs – these       PSA Response
    Staff not directly involved in the move to      not move with those jobs will be left in
                                                    limbo, waiting the opportunity for                 all must be taken into account when                   The PSA has been firm, consistent and
this new “super department” are likely to
suffer because of potentially crippling             someone in another field to resign or retire       calculating the true cost of such a move.         unyielding on a single guiding principle in
payroll disruptions.                                for a job to open.                                     The PSA believes for many members this        all negotiations relating to shared services:
                                                        And this applies only to permanent             will equate to thousands of dollars a year           “No member should be disadvantaged in
    They will also find it much more difficult
                                                    staff. Any contractors (and there are a
to discuss payroll and HR issues face to face                                                          lost as a direct consequence of this move.        any way as a result of the transition to
                                                    great number in regional centres – many of
with a colleague who understands their area                                                               For members already located in the             shared services.”
                                                    them struggling to keep their families
of specialty.
                                                    going by taking on extra work) will have           City, this move will still be disruptive, with        Any member who has any concerns, or
   There will be a loss of specialist               no such future job opportunities, as their         no understanding of how the new structure         believes they will be disadvantaged, is urged
knowledge - the person who works in your            contracts expire.                                  will work.                                        to contact their PSA representative.
area, who knows who you are and what you
do and cares that you are paid properly and
on time, will no longer be there.
   “This level of knowledge and care is
important not just for staff, but for contractors
and suppliers as well who they suddenly find
their invoices going unpaid – and no longer
being able to talk to the local staff.” PSA
General Secretary Jan McMahon said.
   “This will be very disruptive. People will
lose personal contact and have that replaced
with an email or a voice on a phone if they
are lucky.”
Health pay cuts
   In the Health area, shared services will
have an unclear (as yet) impact on people
who perform twin roles – such as pay
clerk/ward clerk. How these functions will
be separated under the new model is yet to
be explained – as is the potential impact on
ward operations.
    There will also be significant salary
implications for all Health workers moved
into Shared Services SA. The move from a
“public benevolent institution” will result in
taxation changes and loss of take home pay.
Regional issues
   The PSA has been joining with regional
community leaders to fight against any
                                                     PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with members in Payroll
application of shared services in the country.

Shared Services                                     shared services model interstate and
                                                    overseas. (These are available on the PSA
                                                                                                           “We will lose 25% of our staff – and we
                                                                                                       struggle already to do the job.”
                                                                                                                                                         split into two groups. The first group –
                                                                                                                                                         incorporating people already working within
fight looms                                         website.)                                             Another member, in IT, said: “The              Treasury and Finance – will “move” in
                                                       The clear evidence is that without critical     system will fall over. It will take only one      March/April.
Continued from page 1                               mass, it is expensive to set up, it is unpopular   hiccup – and there’ll be one – and no-one            A second group of non-Treasury staff are
Key issues                                          with staff and consumers, it doesn’t save          will be paid.”                                    due to move in July – at this stage.
Among the key issues are:                           money.                                                 A city member said: “We must support            The timetable for all other workers –
   A lack of any agreement on HR                       “The most recent failure has been in WA         our country members. A lot of the people          metropolitan and regional – is unclear.
principles for transition of staff;                 where the Auditor General has rung a loud          this will hurt are families of farmers doing         This delay in transition came just after
                                                    warning bell about how much the move to            one or two days a week to keep their farms        the PSA wrote to the Under Treasurer urging
   The forced relocation of “metro” workers         shared services has cost, and how little           and families going. People are already
(however remote) to Adelaide;                                                                                                                            prudence and delay.
                                                    money it is saving.                                suffering. This will hurt them more.”
•   Health staff salary sacrifice negative                                                                                                                  The PSA believes it is reasonable to
                                                       “It is time for this Government to heed         Transition delayed
    impact;                                                                                                                                              review transition time-lines.
                                                    these warnings and back away from this plan
•   Impact on regional members and                  before it is too late.”                                This message may be slowly sinking in –          “Should Government insist on moving
    communities;                                                                                       as evidenced by the recent announcement of        employees prior to a genuine attempt to have
•   Organisation and classification issues yet      Members’ concerns                                  a delay in the progression of shared services     an agreed process for transition, the PSA
    to be addressed;                                   Worksite representatives confirmed the          staff transitions.                                would consider this to be the subject of a
•   Loss of specialist skills and knowledge.        widespread fears within the sector about the           The Executive Director of Shared Services     dispute and would take whatever steps
    The PSA has made numerous                       coming wave of problems should                     SA has advised the PSA of the requirement         necessary to protect members’ interests.” Jan
representations to Government on these              Government push ahead with this scheme.            to "extend" the time line for the transition of   McMahon said.
issues and awaits answers.                             A member working in health payroll              Group 1 employees across to Shared Service.           The PSA will continue to keep members
   The PSA has also provided Government             said: “Our belief is that it simply will not       Group 1 was to move in February 2008 –            advised of the outcome of negotiations – and
with a raft of academic papers,                     work. The impact on the Public Sector will         including staff from Accounts Payable,            assures     members     that    under     no
commissioned by the PSA, which                      be horrendous. Any contact will only be            Accounts Receivable and Payroll.                  circumstances will it accept any outcomes
demonstrate the repeated failure of the             through fax and email.                                That did not happen. Group 1 was instead       which harm members in any way.

                                                  New Corrections
on to                                             staff welcomed
tenure                                               A long running PSA campaign to
                                                  improve working conditions within our
                                                  State corrections system is bearing fruit.
                                                                                                       “The PSA has long argued that these staff
                                                                                                    are desperately needed,” PSA General
                                                                                                    Secretary Jan McMahon said.
                                                                                                                                                       the work of Correctional Services Officers.
                                                                                                                                                          Also an extra 30 social workers will be
                                                                                                                                                       sought to work within the corrections
     The Public Sector is continuing its                                                               “Government has had a tougher law and           system.
                                                      Management has recently begun an
opposition to attempts to introduce a                                                               order stance which has seen an increase in            This major recruitment drive comes at a
                                                  intensive recruitment drive aiming to attract
broader range of contract positions and                                                             the number of people held in custody.              time when the skills shortage PSA has long
                                                  200 new Correctional Services Offices.
                                                                                                       “It was obvious – at least to the PSA and       been warning about is really starting to
erode tenure.                                         This follows in the wake of repeated calls    members - that more corrections staff were         kick in.
     On December 7, 2006, Minister Jay            from the PSA – and intensive negotiations –       needed as a result. This has now finally been          Improved wages and conditions of
Weatherill, Minister Assisting the Premier        to increase staffing.                             recognised by management.”                         employment in Corrections, as in other
in Cabinet Business and Public Sector                 The new staff are critically needed to           A campaign entitled “Think Again” will          public sector areas, will continue to play a
                                                  cope with the massive influx of prisoners         be run at the same time as the recruitment         critical role in the success of recruitment
Management, announced the establishment
                                                  into our State’s corrections system.              drive in a bid to dispel myths surrounding         exercises such as these.
of the SA Executive Service (SAES),
effective from July 1, 2007.
     This came about from a recommendation
of the Government Reform Commission,
chaired by former Queensland Premier
Wayne Goss.
     The Minister advised that joining the
service would be voluntary but would
require senior public servants to accept
contracts of employment.
     To date, this move has been an abysmal
failure with a virtual zero take up rate.
     The latest State Government effort to
make the SAES happen, despite the fact it is
clearly on the nose as far as the public sector
workforce is concerned, is contained in the
draft Public Sector Bill.
     It is apparent that the Government is
extremely disappointed with the take up rate,
hence its reasoning for highlighting the
"Purpose of the SAES" in the new Bill.
     The PSA continues to oppose the erosion
of tenure and development of contracted
positions within the Public Sector.

Beating                                            From left: PSA Councillor Pat Bell-Corkin with Mark Humphreys, General Secretary Jan McMahon and Councillor Mick Griffiths

the bully “Prison town” warning
     An     “anti-bullying”         taskforce
established within SA Health has had                 Community fears are growing that               really do not want this new prison complex             The fact that a vast majority of staff now
its role expanded.                                the creation of a new “mega-prison”               there with the inevitable increase in prison       employed within Corrections will not
                                                  in Murray Bridge will turn it into a              visitors and associates of criminals,              relocate to Murray Bridge.
     The original brief of the “SA Health Safe                                                      concentrated in one location.
                                                  prison town.                                                                                           A suitable site exists in the northern
Conduct      and    Respectful      Behaviour                                                           The PSA is continuing to raise concerns
                                                      The PSA has consistently argued the                                                              metropolitan area.
Taskforce” was to address the growing risk                                                          concerning the decision to move the State’s
                                                  planned prisons in Murray Bridge are ill-                                                               “We are already struggling to find
in the workplace to SA Health staff due to                                                          men’s and women’s prisons, plus the Mental         enough people to work in Corrections,” Mr
                                                  conceived and will be enormously expensive
                                                                                                    Health facility James Nash House, to Murray
violence and aggression from clients.             in both the short and long terms.                                                                    Christopher said. “This will exacerbate that
                                                     This belief is being bolstered by growing                                                         problem.
     The terms of reference have recently                                                               It is the PSA’s firm belief that a more
                                                  resentment among Murray Bridge residents                                                                 “And the same can be said for the
been expanded to include bullying of staff                                                          suitable site exists in the metropolitan area
                                                  who are concerned their town will undergo a                                                          psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists
by other staff members.                                                                             of Adelaide.
                                                  negative change.                                                                                     and other Allied Health Professionals who
                                                                                                        Issues of significant concern include:         work at James Nash House. It is virtually
     The PSA welcomes this expansion of the           “What we are hearing, is people worried
                                                  about an influx of what people are calling        • The proposed institutions are too small          impossible to find such skilled workers to
terms of reference which now include the
                                                  ‘criminal elements’ into Murray Bridge,”          • Probable enormous cost blowouts of               undertake this work in Adelaide. That
establishment of mechanisms to identify
                                                  PSA Chief Industrial Officer Peter                  developing these new prisons;                    difficulty will be increased by this move.
incidents that have a negative impact on          Christopher said.                                 • The ongoing expense of transporting                 “The State Government should face these
workplace        safety,     physical       and      “PSA has an internal report which shows          prisoners to and from Murray Bridge for          facts and reverse this potentially very costly
psychological wellbeing.                          these concerns are growing – that people            court, hospital and other requirements;          and unpopular decision.”
                                                                                                                    PUBLIC SECTOR REVIEW MARCH 08   P9

Climate Change
Lunch n’ Learn
   On 8 February this year the Jim Otte room at            and to lay the foundations for the measures that are
the PSA was packed to hear Tony McInnes from               needed to counteract such change.
Savings and Loans Credit Union talk about                     Social responsibility has been a focus throughout
Climate Change. Tony is one of 250 hand picked             the history of our union movement. Unions are the
presenters who have been personally trained by             voice of working people. We are not in the business
Al Gore as part of The Climate Project - Australia.        of producing profits but in pursuing a fairer and more
   PSA is proud to be a union that has social              just society. As in everything the union does we work
responsibility as its core function and proud to be an     together and we will win together. Working on global
organisation that practices corporate responsibility and
                                                           warming is one of the most urgent responsibilities of
proud to have hosted this important learning session.
                                                           this generation. PSA and our members will be at the
   The Climate Project – Australia, in partnership
                                                           forefront to do all we can and our children and
with the Australian Conservation Foundation, exists to
                                                           forthcoming generations will not forgive us if we
further the work of Al Gore by handing on the skills
                                                           don’t act now.
to individuals from all walks of life to deliver his now
famous slide show on climate change. Al Gore and              Thank you to all our members for caring enough to

the IPCC have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace         attend this session and to take the important steps as

prize for their efforts to build up and disseminate        individuals, citizens and union members to make a
greater knowledge about man-made climate change            difference.

 The More Things Change...                                                                                                PS Bill battle begins
                                                                                                                          Continued from page 1
 Edited story highlights from the 120+ year history of the Public Sector Review.                                          The PSA is gravely concerned that:
 100 years ago                                                                                                            • The appeals process is not independent;
     Resolution: No person outside the Public Service shall be appointed until a circular from the Chief
                                                                                                                          • Vastly increased powers are given to Chief Executives –
 Secretary’s Department, inviting applications from the permanent officers of the Public Service has been
 issued, and it be found that no one in the Public Service is eligible for such vacancy. Carried.                           powers which the CE can delegate;
                                                                                      Minutes of PSA Council              • The office of the Commissioner is virtually stripped of
     Dear Sir, Theoretically we are governed by Parliament, but in practice it is the permanent officials                   powers
 who run the country and administer the laws. Taken as a whole these officials are just and honourable                    • CEs have the power to terminate – with the obvious
 to the public, but it cannot be said that they are always just and honourable to their subordinates. It is                 potential for abuse;
 an easy thing for an unscrupulous chief to find petty causes for complaint against a subordinate. There
 ought to be a court of appeal open to the humblest Government servant, wherein he can appeal against                     • CEs will have the power to redeploy staff at a reduced pay
 the tyranny of a superior officer.                                                                                         rate – again, an area of potential abuse;
                                                                                           Letter to the editor           • Redeployment can be across the whole public sector – not
 75 years ago                                                                                                               just the public service. This element can have some benefits
    Sooner or later some Government will have to face up to the fact that more Government office                            however.
 accommodation is required because the existing accommodation is inadequate. Sooner or later some                            Also at the core of the PSA’s concerns is an enormous
 Government will also have to face the fact that, in the interests of efficiency and public reputation, the
                                                                                                                          number of places within the draft Bill where changes by
 State Public Service will require modern office accommodation designed for the specific purpose for
 which it is to be used.                                                                                                  regulation are possible.
                                                                              Public Sector Review, September                This means that matters of great importance to the public
    Figures recently published disclose there are nearly 3000 men in Australia who are receiving salaries                 sector workforce could in future be changed at a whim by
 of more than 6,000 pounds. The highest salary paid in the Public Service is 3,903 pounds. Can it be said                 successive governments through regulation rather than
 that the most responsible jobs in the State Public Service are not as big or worth as much remuneration?                 legislation debated in Parliament.
                                                                              Public Sector Review, September                PSA and other Public Sector Unions, are horrified that there
 25 years ago                                                                                                             should be a draft Bill presented with no information on what
    Since 1979, 3,290 jobs have been cut in the Public Service. Our members carry the extra workload,                     these regulations will be,
 they have to work harder and longer. The stereotype image of the tea-swilling Public Servant is a
                                                                                                                            PSA expect that critical information about conditions of
 myth. Services are being affected. The tragedy is that the people who most need these services are
 who are suffering.                                                                                                       employment are in legislation.
                                                                                   Public Sector Review, May                 A positive element of the Bill is the removal of a minimum
     During the election campaign, the PSA had the                                                                        period of acting prior to payment of a Higher Duties
 honour of being criticised in both daily newspapers,                                                                     Allowance. This follows in principle agreement during
 who told their readers that the obligation of public                                                                     Enterprise Bargaining negotiations between the PSA and
 employees to serve the government of the day                                                                             Government.
 excludes them and the Association from political
                                                                                                                             In it’s submission to Government on the draft Bill, the PSA -
 debates. PSA advertisements and publications during
 the campaign were based on Association policy which                                                                      rather than proposing specific points of redrafting - raises its
 states that the PSA “gives allegiance to no political                                                                    issues of concern.
 party, and it opposes no political party, but maintains                                                                     It will negotiate with the Government on those points in
 its right to support or oppose any act or proposal of                                                                    future meetings.
 government or any political party.”
                                                                                                                             The core message this Government should heed is that this
                          Public Sector Review, December
                                                                                                                          draft Bill is unacceptable and must be changed. And it must be
                                                                                                                          aware that the PSA will never back away from protecting

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                                                                            TRAINING COURSES – MARCH, APRIL, MAY 2008
   MARCH                                                                    completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course previously,                                                                                                                                                                                           to find out what your chances of success are. This course provides                                                                                                                    at worksites by emailing
   4 - Pt Lincoln                                                           this is a follow-up practical session to work through written applications.                                                                                                                                                                                        practical assistance on how to prepare and lodge an application for                                                                                                                   If you would like more information visit or for
   SuperSA Pre-retirement Session                                           (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reclassification.                                                                                                                                                                     enquiries about applying email
   Planning for Retirement - all schemes                                    28 – Centrelink Financial Information Services                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                                                                                                                                     (Lunch n Learn 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm)
   (5.00pm – 8.00pm)                                                        Reducing Your Mortgage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             28 – Centrelink Financial Information Services                                                                                                                                        23 - Coping with Stress at Work
   11 - Pre-Retirement Lunch n Learns                                       (Lunch n Learn 12.30pm – 1.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Borrowing to Invest                                                                                                                                                                   Presenter: Robyn Stitt, Dip App Sc (RT), Accredited Kinesiologist,
   2 Sessions. 12 noon - 1.00 pm (Super SA)                                 APRIL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Lunch n Learn 12.30pm – 1.30pm)                                                                                                                                                      Sekhem Reiki Master
   1.00 pm - 2.00 pm (Savings and Loans)                                    8 - Clare - SuperSA Pre-retirement sessions                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MAY                                                                                                                                                                                   Bookings are not necessary for lunch n learns but email
   No bookings are necessary for lunch time sessions.                       Planning for Retirement - all schemes                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13 - Pt Augusta - SuperSA Pre-retirement sessions                                                                                                                            your intention to attend.
   Members and non-members are welcome.                                     Anyone wishing to attend must book through SuperSA call centre                                                                                                                                                                                                     15 - Whyalla - SuperSA Pre-retirement sessions                                                                                                                                        What is stress?, how to notice when you are (or someone else is)
   Super SA - Contributing to your future 12 noon - 1.00 pm                 1300 369 315 or through SuperSA website                                                                                                                                                                                                      Planning for Retirement - all schemes
   If you are thinking about retirement in the next few years you will                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               stressed. Feeling stressed? Out of control? It's all too hard? No
                                                                            (5.00pm – 8.00pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone wishing to attend must book through SuperSA call centre                                                                                                                        energy. Want some easy strategies to help improve your own and
   find this session invaluable. Some of the issues covered include:-       11 - Achieving your Life Goals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     1300 369 315 or through SuperSA website
   entitlements, final salary, converting pension to lump sum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        others behaviour? Fight/Flight response. Triad of Health. What
                                                                            Presented by Veronica Lee, Independent HR Consultant                                                                                                                                                                                                               (5.00pm – 8.00pm)
   (commutation), and taxation issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               can we do about it? Tool box . Brain Integration. Reaction or
                                                                            specialising in change management, leadership, management and                                                                                                                                                                                                      15 - Reclassification Course Part 2
   Savings and Loans Credit Union - This session covers choosing the best   team development, performance management and coaching.                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you have your reclassification application completed or partially                                                                                                                  Response? What else can we do? Private consultation. Want to
   option for your SuperSA benefit and save on tax using allocated          This session will:- - highlight the importance of 'knowing yourself' -                                                                                                                                                                                             completed, or if you have attended a reclassification course                                                                                                                          have better relationships within your personal and work life?
   pensions and income streams in retirement, how to maximise your          your values, passions and purpose - and provide some tools for doing                                                                                                                                                                                               previously, this is a follow-up practical session to work through                                                                                                                     Happy workers are efficient workers. Want to bring your children
   Centrelink payments in retirement and where to invest your funds.        this - demonstrate the importance of self-reflection and how to                                                                                                                                                                                                    written applications.                                                                                                                                                                 to achieve their potential, whatever that may be? Come to this
   17 - Union Orientation Course                                            develop confidence, especially when facing challenging experiences                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Full day course 9.30am – 4.30pm)                                                                                                                                                     informative session. Learn about stress, brain function, nutrition,
   The PSA is an organising union. Members recognise that their union's     - identify barriers to achieving success and ideas on how to respond                                                                                                                                                                                               16 – Centrelink Financial Information Services                                                                                                                                        emotional factors and how it all ties together.
   strength comes from their power as a group or collective. Problems at    to them - identify strategies for achieving your personal vision and                                                                                                                                                                                               Working Beyond Pension Age                                                                                                                                                            (12.00pm – 2.00pm)
   work can be resolved by members working together. Unions can and         managing potential obstacles along the way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Lunch n Learn 12.30pm – 1.30pm)                                                                                                                                                      26 - Pre-Retirement Lunch n Learns
   do make a difference to our working lives. Your involvement will make    (Lunch n Learn 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 28 - Getting A Degree as a Mature Age Student                                                                                                                                         2 Sessions. 12 noon - 1.00 pm (Super SA)
   a difference in making workplaces happier, more productive and safer.    21 & 22 – Worksite Representatives Level 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Bookings are not necessary for lunch time sessions but please                                                                                                                         1.00pm - 2.00 pm (Savings and Loans)
   We are pro-union which does not mean we are anti-management. Come        Worksite Representatives play a vital role in union organisation.                                                                                                                                                                                                  email your intention to attend. Members and                                                                                                                            No bookings are necessary for lunch time sessions.
   along and find out more. It is an enjoyable day.                         Our Worksite Reps can and do make a difference to working lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                   non-members are welcome to attend.                                                                                                                                                    Members and non-members are welcome.
   (Full day course 9.00am – 5.00pm)                                        By attending a Worksite Representative training course you will                                                                                                                                                                                                    UniSA presents: Give us the Third Degree on How to get your First.
   26 – Industrial Relations – New Deal – New Hope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Super SA - Contributing to your future 12 noon - 1.00 pm
                                                                            learn great skills and gain confidence to help you carry out this                                                                                                                                                                                                  Give your career a boost or a new direction. UniSA offers adults
   Guest Speaker – Stephen Brennan, Employee Ombudsman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If you are thinking about retirement in the next few years you will find
                                                                            important role. PSA has an important role to play in not only                                                                                                                                                                                                      pathways to getting a degree. A university degree provides you
   The PSA is proud to have Stephen Brennan to discuss the new              protecting our conditions, making workplaces safer, happier and                                                                                                                                                                                                    with the tools and knowledge to adapt to a rapidly changing world.                                                                                                                    this session invaluable. Some of the issues covered include:-
   industrial arrangements. Come along and find out how the new             more productive but also in protecting the important services that                                                                                                                                                                                                 Importantly it is likely to give you better career prospects and a                                                                                                                    entitlements, final salary, converting pension to lump sum
   Government will implement new legislation and what the changes           our members provide to the community. There has never been a                                                                                                                                                                                                       higher salary. This adult entry information session will show you                                                                                                                     (commutation), and taxation issues.
   will mean for working people and employers.                              more important time to be involved.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                which programs you can study, how to apply, how to prepare for                                                                                                                        Savings and Loans Credit Union - This session covers choosing the best
   (Lunch n Learn 12.30pm – 1.30pm)                                         (9.00am – 5.00pm both days)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        STAT, what it costs and all the support services UniSA offer. A                                                                                                                       option for your SuperSA benefit and save on tax using allocated
   27 - Reclassification Course Part 2                                      24 – Reclassification Course Part 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                degree is yours for the taking.                                                                                                                                                       pensions and income streams in retirement, how to maximise your
   If you have your reclassification application completed or partially     If you believe your job should be reclassified, the first thing to do is                                                                                                                                                                                           Regional and metropolitan members can arrange to have sessions                                                                                                                        Centrelink payments in retirement and where to invest your funds.


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                       • Published six times a year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      December 2007

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Election victory against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Work “Choices”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PUBLIC                                                 SECTOR                                                                                                                        The triumph of the Rudd Labor Party in the recent            to us, is that the impact of Work Choices in South
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Federal Election is good news for workers.                      Australia is adverse to a large number of employees

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It’s anti-Work “Choices” stance is to be welcomed and        without bringing compensatory beneficial impacts in terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Australian families will benefit greatly for years to come      of    increased    productivity,    flexibility,    income    or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           from the roll-back of these draconian laws.                     employment,” the report states.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Work Choices clearly was a step in the wrong direction            “Adverse impacts have been felt by many employees,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in the Australian industrial relations system.                  and particularly by those employees in lower paid and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              August/September 2007                                                                  Labelled unfair, un-Australian and contrary to the           unskilled areas, by women, by young workers and by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           concept of a fair go for all, those laws stripped millions of   disadvantaged sectors of the workforce.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           workers of hard won entitlements and rights, leaving them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fighting State                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “No members should be disadvantaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reduced pay and poorer conditions were the inevitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           exposed to the greed of unscrupulous employers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           result of these laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Report after report revealed that Work Choices were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The PSA was proud to be a vocal contributor to the fight       in any way as a result of the transition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           harming the working conditions of millions of people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Budget                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In South Australia, in the weeks leading up to election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           day, the Industrial Relations Commission delivered its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           against Work Choices – the Your Rights at Work campaign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Under the new Federal Government, a fairer system will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to shared services.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jan McMahon, PSA General Secretary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be reintroduced.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             No Workforce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           report following an inquiry into the impact of Work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Choices on our workplaces, employees and employers.                  This “Forward with Fairness” policy will once again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Planning                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It found that Work Choices impacted on 60% of the            protect workers against unfair dismissal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July/August 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                South Australian workforce – some 421,000 employees.                 Australian Workplace “Agreements” (AWAs) will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Overall our conclusion on the basis of the evidence         transitioned out and employees will once again enjoy the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               services -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The recent PSA Biennial Conference                                                                                                                    Some pleasing extra funding – but no

                                                                                           Standing together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was a hugely successful call to arms                                                                                                                 planning for the future workforce crisis.                                                     and material before the Inquiry, and the submissions made       protection of awards and collective agreements.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        against the dangers of the Howard                                                                                                                    That is the snapshot PSA response to this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             year’s State Budget handed down by                                                                                                                                 Collective bargaining will once again be the primary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Government’s WorkChoices laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Attracting more than 100 worksite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        representatives from around the State, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        conference featured a range of prominent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Treasurer Kevin Foley in early June.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Overall, the annual cutting up of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             State’s financial pie contained little that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           form     of   negotiation   and    legislation     will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           employment standards such as: hours of work; parental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           leave; flexible work for parents; annual leave; personal,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               no gain,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               all pain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        guest speakers.                                                                                                                                      should be considered too distasteful to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           They included: Senator Penny Wong                                                                                                                 public sector.                                                                                                                                                carers and compassionate leave; community service leave;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (“Fairness in the workplace and beyond”);                                                                                                                But a failure to act in any significant way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           public holidays; information in the workplace; notice of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Professor John Spoehr (“The future                                                                                                         to plan for the coming tidal wave of “baby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the public sector”); Sue Hammond                                                                                                                  boomer” retirements, or to reverse the lack of                                                                                                                termination and redundancy and long service leave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (“WorkChoices – the Inconvenient Truth”);                                                                                                            appeal of the public sector as an employer of                                                                                                                                                                                        Anger against shared services is growing as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and ACTU President Sharan Burrow                                                                                                                     choice to younger workers, will leave a nasty                                                                                                                      These changes will be welcomed by the PSA, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               true negative impacts of this ill-conceived process
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (“Changing Government to secure Australia’s                                                                                                          taste in the mouth for years to come.                                                                                                                         worked hard to ensure as many public sector workers as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        future”). Edited highlights of their speeches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               become plain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and photos from the event are featured in a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        possible were protected from the negative impacts of                   Regional communities in particular – already suffering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        special two-page spread in this Review.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Work Choices.                                                       economically due to the impact of the prolonged drought –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The conference - held at AAMI Stadium -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was formally opened by PSA President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Failing to plan for future                                                                                                                                        The PSA will continue to work to ensure the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               are becoming increasingly vocal in opposition to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               significant job cuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lindsay Oxlad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             staffing needs in a highly                                                                     PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with Deputy Prime            transition away from Work Choices is fair, and that the

           • Regular features
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon,                                                                                                                                                                                                               Minister Julia Gillard and PSA President, Lindsay Oxlad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rights of its members are protected.                                Continued Page 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        provided an update on recent PSA activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and future planning.                                                                                                                                 competitive environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PSA General Secretary Jan McMahon with ACTU President Sharan Burrow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ms McMahon spoke about the inequities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of WorkChoices and the proud role the PSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has played in opposing these dangerous laws.       Strategic Plan including:                           “Public sector workers are too important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             could prove disastrous,”                                                                           2008 -                                                          2007 -                                                         Regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “These laws are still unfair,” she told         WorkChoices.                                     to be ignored. If there's one thing PSA              PSA Secretary General Jan McMahon
                                                                                              The PSA has launched a significant            beyond election promises of extra funding for                                                                                                                                                                                                                   members know how to do well, it's                                                                                                                   The                                                             The Public                                                     Concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PSA lodges new EB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        delegates, “and the public is making sure the
                                                                                                                                            health, education and law and order.                                                                                                                                                                              Defending the role of the public Sector       campaigning.      The    Child     Protection
                                                                                           new advertising campaign to highlight                                                                                                                                                                        Howard Government is getting the message
                                                                                           the value and extensive role of the public
                                                                                           sector in providing vital services to our
                                                                                                                                                The PSA welcomed the Treasurer’s desire
                                                                                                                                            to provide extra funds to these vital areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        loud and clear. The campaign won't end until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the laws are changed.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and promoting the valuable work and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           contribution by members;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Campaign, EB Campaign, Your Rights at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Work, and others, show the critical                  In a major pre-Budget submission, the                                                          Challenges                                                      Sector                                                         Grow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PSA urged the State Government to act now
                                                                                           community (for full details on the
                                                                                           campaign, see page 4).
                                                                                               This followed in the wake of various State
                                                                                                                                                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                                                                                       On a State level, Ms McMahon referred to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        high profile campaigning the PSA has conducted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on its own behalf to protect its members.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Protecting members and their conditions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I would like to tell you the campaign is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           over,” she said, “but it isn't. PSA members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            importance of standing together, and working
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            together to achieve common goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “It is thanks largely to the incredible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            support from PSA members and Worksite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to prevent future disaster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Since then, the skills shortage this State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             faces has received regular and sustained
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                                                                                           Government statements – notably the review
                                                                                           of public sector expenditure and offering of
                                                                                           targeted voluntary separation packages to 390
                                                                                                                                            keep public sector jobs.
                                                                                                                                                In public statements, the PSA has
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Public Service Association has
                                                                                                                                                                                                    lodged its Enterprise Bargaining Claim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       available under WorkChoices, so the need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       secure a successful negotiated outcome for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           This has included an unprecedented
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        advertising camapaign ahead of the last State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cannot afford to become complacent with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           new challenges confronting us all the time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Representatives that we are able to achieve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            what we do. I would like to take the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             media coverage – but has apparently fallen on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             deaf ears in the Cabinet room.
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                                                                                           redeployees.                                     reminded the community and the State                    2006 on behalf of members.                         members has been heightened.                                                                           “Whether it be workloads, shared              opportunity to thank you for your efforts, and      “In a highly competitive environment, the
                                                                                                                                            Government of those promises.                                                                                                                               sector employees play in our community.
                                                                                               The PSA has been consistent and firm in                                                                                                                     With this in mind, the PSA has presented                                                        services, public sector reform or constant       to remind you all that our work is not done.     State Government can’t afford to ignore the
                                                                                                                                                We pointed back to recent research                    It applies to all members covered by the                                                             She also spoke on the successful EB                                                              As long as there are issues, we will be there,
                                                                                           response to these statements.                                                                                                                               a clearly defined and reasonable claim                                                              agency restructuring, the PSA will be there to                                                    warning signs,” PSA General Secretary Jan
                                                                                                                                            commissioned by the PSA which identified an             SA Government (Public Sector Salaried                                                               negotiations which gave wage increases and
                                                                                               In regard to the TVSPs, the PSA clearly                                                                                                                 covering salary, conditions of employment,                                                                                                           strong, united, together.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Employees) Arbitrated Enterprise Bargaining                                                         protected conditions for three years and           ensure our members have a voice, and cannot                                                       McMahon said after the Budget lock-up.
                                                                                           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.                                                                                         outlined key elements of the PSA’s 2007-2012       be silenced.                                     Continued Pages 6 and 7                                                      Continued Page 6
                                                                                           through public statements in the media, that

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       This new claim has had to take into                 The details of each of these claims were
                                                                                           these were considered poor policy.                   And we sought new research to clearly                                                                  developed in a series of meetings with
                                                                                                                                            demonstrate the healthy state of our economy            account the new world created by the Federal
                                                                                               At a time when members in most agencies                                                              Government’s WorkChoices legislation.              members. Members recognized the need to
                                                                                           are experiencing workload problems and           and the existing skills and staff shortage                                                                 present a simpler document that addressed
                                                                                           skills shortages, a TVSP proposal to pay
                                                                                           workers to leave employment is a waste of
                                                                                                                                            within the public sector (full details pages 4 to 6).
                                                                                                                                                We also surveyed members to identify
                                                                                                                                                                                                        This legislation means that some members
                                                                                                                                                                                                    may be covered by State legislation and oth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       both an adequate financial reward and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       structural change to improve conditions and
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                                                                                           public money.
                                                                                               A program to place redeployees in areas of
                                                                                                                                            areas of staff shortages and the inevitable
                                                                                                                                            consequences on workloads and service delivery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ers by Federal Industrial Relations legislation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    creating uncertainty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       remuneration for members.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In the claim, the PSA acknowledged the
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                                                                                           identified staff shortages would be a far more
                                                                                           appropriate use of funding.
                                                                                                                                                The stark responses to that survey formed
                                                                                                                                            part of our formal submission to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The PSA is working to clear up this newly
                                                                                                                                                                                                    complicated framework – for example by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       State Government’s previous commitment to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       maintain job security and existing conditions.        Fight                                                            Attack
                                                                                               In response to the Treasurer, Kevin          Treasurer’s review.                                     discussing with the Government the need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ensure health employees are part of the State          The State Government has also
                                                                                           Foley’s, announcement that he was bringing in        That submission also points to a range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    system.                                            guaranteed it will continue to negotiate
                                                                                           an 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.                                         Page 3                                                           Page 4                                                         Page 6

                                                                                               In his announcement, the Treasurer said                                                              negotiations. Arbitration is no longer

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