The Government’s attempt to prevent FACS staff from attending the 13 November rally outside Parliament House against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has been stopped in its tracks.
On 31 October, FACS Head Office issued a directive to managers that no further leave or extended breaks were to be granted for the rally, effectively blocking staff from attending.
The PSA quickly lodged a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission which was heard by the Acting President of the IRC Justice Boland on 5 November.
Justice Boland felt that the approach of the Department was heavy handed.
As a result, FACS have confirmed it will remove the blanket ban and advise that normal leave practices will apply for 13 November.