Public servants forced to see shrinks

PUBLIC servants who complain of bullying or criticise their managers are being labelled “mentally incapacitated” and forced to see psychiatrists.

The state’s Employee Ombudsman is investigating a spike in complaints from public servants stood down – some even marched from their workplace in front of colleagues – after being told they were “mentally unfit” to work under Section 56 of the Public Service Act.

Premier Jay Weatherill, as Public Sector Minister, changed the Act in 2009, giving department chief executives the right to hire and fire staff.


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