South Australian prison guards are taking industrial action to protest cuts made in the state budget

The Public Service Association has organised a rally on Monday after the new Liberal government revealed plans to privatise management of the Adelaide Remand Centre and to cut more jobs across the public sector.

“The budget represents an attack on the essential services provided to the community by all agencies and sets a dangerous agenda for the next four years – public service cuts, more cuts, and privatisations,” the union said.

The SA Employment Tribunal has ordered PSA members to maintain minimum staff levels in the state’s prisons during the protest.

The union initially had refused to guarantee minimum staffing in the prisons, a situation the government said put the safety of prisoners and the wider community at risk.

Treasurer Rob Lucas has described the tribunal’s decision as a victory for common sense.

“We’ve said all along the government respects the union’s right to protest but we simply couldn’t accept a situation that put public safety at risk,” Mr Lucas said on Sunday.