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Valentine’s Day Strike – 14 February 2017

Jan 20, 2017

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Corrections Day must lead to improved workers comp for Prison Officers

Jan 20, 2017

PSA media release:

The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the introduction of the inaugural Corrections Day on Friday 20 January 2017 and calls on the NSW Government to recognise Prison Officers as emergency services personnel for the purposes of workers compensation.

Read the full media release HERE.

Prison expansions to deal with overcrowding could ‘create new problems’, union warns – ABC News

Jan 19, 2017

“We’re talking about rapid-build facilities that will have 50 inmates in a dormitory…who can be classified as maximum security,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

What could possibly go wrong?

Read the full ABC News article HERE.

Prison overcrowding solution only heightens risk – ABC TV

Jan 19, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little expresses concern about proposed prison overcrowding solution.

Baird steps down leaving “for sale” sign on NSW

Jan 19, 2017
PSA media release

Mike Baird turned NSW into the “For Sale State” and his decision to step down as Premier is akin to an auctioneer walking out during a failing auction said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“Mike Baird’s mass campaign of public service privatisation has been a hallmark of his reign yet he has stepped down in the middle of the deeply flawed process leaving the lives of millions hanging in the balance,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Park cliff dive may cost a fistful of dollars – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 18, 2017

Ranger numbers in the Royal National Park are roughly half what they were four years ago. There aren’t enough staff to keep visitors safe – even if you are Clint Eastwood’s son.

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Historians and journalists join fight against land titles sell-off – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 18, 2017

And the opposition to the sell off of the Land Titles Registry continues to grow…

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Personal data up for grabs in NSW land titles sale, experts warn – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 11, 2017

The non-Government owner of the Land Titles Registry will have access to highly personal data about individual’s lives as well as sensitive property ownership information.

“Once the service is privatised, there will be no regulation and no accountability, only a profit motive,” PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little warned back in November.

This year: NSW – the data disaster state.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Jail staff need protection – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 11, 2017

In addition to a news item, the Daily Telegraph included the concerns about safety in Juvenile Justice Centres in its editorial.

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Prisons ‘about to explode’ – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 11, 2017

The recent violence directed at members in Juvenile Justice and the PSA’s position on the issue is in the spotlight in today’s Daily Telegraph.

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Be safe in the heat

SafeWork NSW has released a video that provides tips for businesses and workers tips on how to work safely in the heat.

You can view the video HERE.

SafeWork NSW recommendations for working in the heat:

  • Provide access to plain drinking water, at least 200mL every 15-20 minutes
  • Don’t drink energy or caffeinated drinks which can have a diuretic affect
  • Rotate tasks to lessen exposure to the sun as well as mental and physical fatigue
  • Ensure workers wear sun protection in all outdoor conditions because workers can be exposed to UV radiation in the shade as well as the sun
  • Provide clothing with a UPF 50+ rating such as loose shirts with long sleeves, collars and long pants
  • Provide broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+, broad brimmed hats and sunglasses which meet Australian Standards for UV protection

Free guidance material on fatigue management and working safely in the sun is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50.

Visit www.cancercouncil.com.au for sun safety tips.

Land titles registry sale should not proceed as planned – Sydney Morning Herald editorial

Jan 9, 2017

Strong points, well argued.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald editorial HERE.

Land Titles sale – Sydney Morning Herald video

Dec 21, 2016

Sydney Morning Herald journalists Matt Wade and Esther Han discuss the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry and what it will mean.

Landlocked Minister: Property errors due to privatisation not process

Dec 20, 2016

The recent errors in relation to certificates from the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) were due to the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing not lack of governance said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said the assertions of Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet that the mistakes were due to lack of proper process were rubbish.

Read the full media release HERE.

The big squeeze in jail cells – The Sunday Telegraph

Dec 19, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little highlights the overcrowding problem in the state’s prisons.

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Concession leave denied by the Christmas Grinch

Dec 15, 2016

The PSA wrote to NSW IR to request concession leave be available on Friday 23 December for members covered by the GSE Act and in RMS as Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday.

The Government responded that only those working the morning of Christmas Eve, that is, Saturday 24 December, will be entitled to the concession leave in the afternoon.

Thanks for that.

Leaked scoping study on privatisation of NSW’s land titles registry offers clues – Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 14, 2016

The murky world of privatisation exposed.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

What the sale of the Land Titles Registry means

Dec 8, 2016

Esther Han, from the Sydney Morning Herald, nails the importance of the Land Titles Registry and why we should all be seriously concerned by its sale.

Mike Baird points to Canada to justify land titles registry sell-off – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 8, 2016

Pressure from the PSA and its serious concerns about the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry has forced Mike Baird to try and justify the sell off.

His arguments were anything but convincing.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Red Tape December/January 2017 edition

Dec 7, 2016

The December/January 2017 edition of Red Tape is now available below.

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PSA writes to Premier with ADHC sell off concerns and requests meeting

Dec 7, 2016

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little has written to Mike Baird with the concerns members raised with the Premier at Penrith recently.

A meeting to discuss the issues has also been requested.

You can read the letter HERE.

PSA writes to the Premier regarding Domestic and Family Violence Leave

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little wrote to Premier Mike Baird on 6 December seeking his support for the inclusion of ten days paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards.

You can read the letter HERE.

The Public Service Commissioner says leave trends are a concern

Dec 5, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little says: “You’ve got incessant restructures. The staff are under incredible pressure, obviously sick leave goes up.”

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Law Council of Australia speaks out against land titles registry sale – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 5, 2016

Everyone in NSW will lose says the individual who fought against the UK’s equally disastrous sell off of land titles.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Carers falling through the cracks under NDIS – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 5, 2016

“The NDIS was designed with the best of intentions but the state government is using the scheme to abrogate its responsibility to the most vulnerable people in our community,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Open letter to Mike Baird in the media regarding the privatisation of disability services

Dec 5, 2016

The PSA had an open letter to Premier Mike Baird published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Illawarra Mercury and the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 3 December to coincide with International Day of People with Disability.

You can view that letter HERE.

We won’t wait – Domestic Violence, a workplace issue

Dec 2, 2016

The PSA, along with unions across Australia, is campaigning for all workers to have access to 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave (in addition to any other paid leave entitlements).

We are calling on all Governments to work together at the upcoming Council of Australian Government (COAG) to pass a resolution for 10 days’ paid domestic and family violence leave to become a universal right for all workers in Australia.

Read more HERE.

Baird Govt has no industry support for privatisation of land titles registry – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 1, 2016

The PSA demands the LPI sale be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in the Sydney Morning Herald. The story includes a photo of rallying LPI members.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Baird Govt replaces local employees with 457 visa workers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 1, 2016

“Is this the way forward for Disability Services? High needs specialised care dumped in favour of a temporary imported workforce?” asks PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Union calls for inquiry into 457 jobs rort by Baird Government

Nov 30, 2016

PSA Media release:

There must be an immediate inquiry into the Baird Government contracting out vital public services replacing full time local jobs with overseas workers on 457 ‘temporary’ visas said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said the Baird Government has used 457 ‘temporary’ visas to fill 32 full time “onshore” jobs following the outsourcing of ServiceFirst which handled IT, HR and payroll functions for Government.

Worse, Minister Perrottet stated ambiguously in an Estimates Committee hearing in August that the 32 workers “will continue in the role.”

The PSA fears this is the start of a new downward spiral in employment that will flow through to the soon to be privatised disability sector and other outsourced areas.

Read the full media release HERE.

Baird’s failed privatised child protection a “priority”

Nov 30, 2016

PSA Media release:

Premier Mike Baird has officially declared propping up the failed privatised child protection system remains a priority for his Government said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The announcement was made as part of the “Premier’s Priorities Update” – listing 12 areas of Government focus.

Tragically, “Protecting our kids” came in at Number 7.

“Despite tragic evidence to the contrary, the Baird Government has prioritised persisting with the failed experiment of outsourcing child protection, yet expects the outcome to somehow miraculously change,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

Read the full media release HERE.

Latham pushed out of ICAC to curb investigations of Government

Nov 23, 2016

PSA Media release:

The resignation of Megan Latham is the ultimate prize for the Baird Government in its quest to keep its dealings out of the public eye said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“The resignation of Megan Latham is the scalp the Baird Government have been seeking as part of its push to curb the capacity of the ICAC to investigate the Government, its dealings and business associations,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Homes adjacent to National Parks at risk due to Regional Manager cuts – WIN News

Nov 23, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on WIN News warning how cuts to the number of National Parks regional managers is putting our state at risk this bushfire season.

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