An industrial dispute between the State Government and the Public Service Association of SA (PSA) before the South Australian Employment Tribunal in relation to the union’s planned state-wide industrial action on Monday, has moved to the stage of compulsory conference.
The dispute – lodged under Chapter 2, Part 2 of the Fair Work Act 1994 – following the Government’s concern for public, Corrections staff and prisoner safety, was heard before Commissioner Paul McMahon and attended by representatives from the Department for Correctional Services and the union.
The State Government lodged the dispute late yesterday, after the PSA was “unwilling or unable’’ to guarantee minimum critical staffing levels at each prison during Monday’s planned protest.
Following a full day’s voluntary conference in the Tribunal today, the PSA was still not able to provide such a commitment.
The matter will resume at 10:30am tomorrow in the form of a hearing, after which time the Commissioner may make orders.
Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Government’s focus was on ensuring the safety and welfare of the public, Corrections staff and prisoners.
“The Government respects people’s right to protest, but we must ensure their actions don’t create an unacceptable risk to public safety,’’ said Treasurer Lucas.