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Annual PSA Women’s Conference 2014

Registrations are now open for the annual PSA Women’s Conference.

This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, 9 and Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 at PSA House, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney.

All women who are financial members of the PSA are encouraged to nominate to attend.

Register for the conference HERE.

Registrations close on Thursday, 31 July 2014.

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The Government Sector Employment Act

The Government Sector Employment Act, Regulation & Rules are now in effect.

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PSA support for Women’s Refuges

At its July meeting, the PSA’s Central Council voted to support the community campaign to keep women and Aboriginal homelessness services open across NSW.

Council resolved that:

“The PSA Central Council supports the community campaign to keep women and Aboriginal homelessness services open across NSW. The PSA believes that specialist services must continue to exist. We recognise that the existence of independent Women’s Refuges is a critical component of any strategy to reduce and eradicate domestic violence and Aboriginal community controlled services as a critical component for closing the gap in indigenous and non-indigenous health. Wherever possible, we encourage PSA members to support this campaign.”

Disability workers stop-work in Newcastle – The Newcastle Herald

Jul 23, 2014

The concerns underlying today’s rally in Newcastle were highlighted in the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full story HERE.

Newcastle lunchtime rally to save disability services

Jul 23, 2014

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More than 200 ADHC workers, members of the local community and other unions rallied in Newcastle at lunchtime today as part of the fight to protect choice and quality of disability services in NSW and protest against privatisation.

Acting PSA General Secretary, Steve Turner presented with petitions containing more than 1150 signatures

Acting PSA General Secretary, Steve Turner presented with petitions containing more than 1100 signatures

Hunter disability workers protest client sell out

Jul 23, 2014

PSA Media Release: Hunter disability workers protest against client sell out (PDF version)


Disability care workers in the Newcastle and Hunter Region are stopping work today between 12 and 1pm to protest against State Government plans to privatise Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC), said the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA).

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NSW Lands and Housing job losses “sprung on staff” – The Newcastle Herald

Jul 22, 2014

A restructure in the Lands and Housing Corporation will cut 44 jobs across NSW reports the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full story HERE.

Review of WHS laws

Jul 22, 2014

The Federal and State Governments are undertaking a snap review of work health and safety laws in order to justify potential reductions to workplace safety.

A particular focus of the reviews are Health and Safety Representatives.

Details  are available on the Unions NSW website HERE.

Have your say by taking part in the survey HERE.

Submissions close on 25 July for WorkCover and 31 July for Safe Work Australia.

Uni of Sydney Convocation – sign up

Jul 18, 2014

This year’s federal budget included major changes to higher education that will affect how governments fund universities and how universities levy fees. In a word: deregulation.

Several fellows of the University of Sydney’s Senate – including Catriona Menzies-Pike, Verity Firth and Andrew West, elected by the alumni, and Patrick Massarani, elected by the undergraduates – are petitioning for a meeting of Convocation so deregulation can be debated thoroughly by the University community.

If you are a University of Sydney graduate member or academic staff member, please print off and sign this letter to the Chancellor.

Please also forward to other University of Sydney graduates.

Please return the signatures by 25 July at the latest by mailing hard copies to GPO Box 3365, Sydney NSW 2001, or fax to 02 9262 1623 or email a scan to cpsu@psa.asn.au.

Public sector performance pay recipe for disaster

Jul 17, 2014

PSA Media Release: Public Sector performance pay a recipe for disaster (PDF version)

Premier Mike Baird is reported as telling a Sydney conference that he has earmarked performance pay for the public sector should he be re-elected in March 2015, in a move the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) believes will create inequity and nepotism while further undermining the independence of the public service.

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Payment of 2.27% increase

Jul 17, 2014

Members employed under the Public Sector Salaries and related awards will receive an increase of 2.27% from the first full pay period after 1 July 2014.

Any Department unable to process the rise on the day of that first full pay period will be required to pay the increase retrospectively in the next.

Tax statements

Jul 17, 2014

Tax statements for union fees paid have been prepared.

Members will begin to receive these statements in the mail from Monday 21 July 2014.

Outsourcing of court reporting an attack on women

Jul 8, 2014


PSA Media Release: Outsourcing of court reporters an attack on women (PDF version)

The Baird Government’s proposal to outsource court reporting services in the Supreme Court will have a disproportionate impact on women says the Public Service Association (PSA).

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Changes to Medicare Levy from 1 July

Jul 7, 2014

The Medicare Levy increased from 1.5% to 2% from 1 July 2014.

This rise contributes to funding the NDIS.

The levy applies to all Australian tax payers apart from those with specific exemptions.

Read more HERE

The Medicare Levy is different to the Medicare Levy Surcharge.

This additional tax applies to income earners above the current threshold of $88,000 who do not hold private health insurance.

Read more HERE

Members should speak to their accounts/payroll section to discuss their personal circumstances.

Sign our petition & help stop the privatisation of NSW

Jul 7, 2014
While the PSA strongly supports the principles behind the NDIS, the total privatisation of ADHC will dramatically undermine choice and the provision of quality services for clients.

The implementation of the NDIS will be far more effective if the Government retains a key role in delivering this vital human service.

To make matters worse, the Government so far has failed to make a commitment to protect the job security, conditions, entitlements and pay of the public servants who are to be transferred, like it or not, to a private employer.

This is undoubtedly just the beginning of a mass sell off of public services in NSW.

Please sign the petition HERE and ask your family, work colleagues and friends to sign also.

So please print a copy, collect as many signatures as you can,  and post the petition back to:

The Public Service Association of NSW GPO Box 3365 Sydney NSW 2001

Workers compensation slashed two years ago

On the two year anniversary of the State Government stripping workers of medical benefits and weekly compensation payments from the workers compensation scheme, three people affected by the cuts speak out about the very real life consequences of the reforms.

Click HERE to hear their stories.

Defending Disability Services meetings July 2014

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Defending Disability Services meetings July 2014 (PDF)


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