Justice Technology Services – Proposed Structural Changes

04 February 2019

The Executive Director, Projects and Technology has invited the Public Service Association (PSA) to provide feedback about proposed changes including reporting lines and a redistribution of workload from a currently vacant ASO8 position.

The proposal indicates that the workloads resulting from the redistribution have been trialled and there are currently “no workload impacts”. While the workload impacts are of particular interest, other issues may also become apparent and members are encouraged to discuss your concerns after considering the proposal.

The letter suggests consultation is open until 8 February 2019. Given the obligation on your employer for you to be given a genuine opportunity to influence the outcome, the PSA is seeking an extension to this period.

Any proposal for change is subject to consultation according to clause 34 of the South Australian Modern Public Service Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS):

34. CONSULTATIVE PROCESSES

34.1 The parties commit to the following consultative principles.

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

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

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

Any proposal for change must also consider workloads according to clause 15.2 of the SAMPSEAS:

15. WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT
PROTECTION FROM UNREASONABLE WORKLOADS

15.1 The parties acknowledge that the workload for individual employees or a group of
employees in a workplace (work group) must not be excessive, unreasonable or
unsustainable.

15.2 Any proposed review or proposed workplace change must include as part of consultation,
an assessment of the potential impact on workloads for individual employees or a work
group in a workplace and measures proposed to manage such impacts. The intent of
managing impacts must be to minimise the risk of unreasonable workloads.

A workplace meeting will be arranged to discuss this proposal. Notification will be sent to you when it is scheduled.