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Defending Public Services doorknocking campaign

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March, PSA members have been taking their first hand experiences of the Baird Government’s privatisation and service cut agenda to the doorsteps of voters.

Out on the streets: see campaign photos HERE

 

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Latest News

Public service jobs worries – the Blue Mountains Gazette

Mar 27, 2015

The offshoring of ServiceFirst jobs is causing concern from on high in the Blue Mountains.

Read the Blue Mountains Gazette story HERE

At-risk youths ‘live in hotels’ – The Armidale Express

Mar 27, 2015

The walk out by Community Services caseworkers on 26 March came as reports emerged of staff in the Armidale area staying in motels to care for at risk children.

Read The Armidale Express article HERE

ServiceFirst & DOCS members take a stand against privatisation

Mar 27, 2015

100 members from ServiceFirst in Parramatta walked out at lunchtime on 26 March in a stand against the privatisation and offshoring of their jobs. They marched to the office of MP Geoff Lee and were joined by 50 members from Community Services.

At the same time, ServiceFirst members were gathered outside the McKell Building in Sydney also taking a stand against the Baird Government’s agenda.

Community Services walk again for child protection resources

Mar 27, 2015

Community Services caseworkers in offices across the state again walked off the job in anger for an hour at lunchtime on Thursday 26 March.

The spontaneous walkout is an escalation of the action taken by a number of offices on 19 March in response to the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

ServiceFirst members on the march in Parramatta

Mar 26, 2015

PSA Annual Conference 2015

Thursday 28 May & Friday 29 May 2015

The Wesley Centre
220 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Country Conference

Wednesday 27 May

Level 10, PSA House
160 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000

For more information click HERE

ServiceFirst staff walk off the job to protest offshoring of hundreds of jobs

Mar 25, 2015

ServiceFirst staff walk off the job to protest offshoring of hundreds of jobs walk out (PDF version)

MEDIA RELEASE

ServiceFirst employees who perform critical human resources, IT, finance and payroll functions for NSW Government agencies will walk off the job in Parramatta and Haymarket on Thursday 26 March at 12.30pm.

The staff who are members of the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) are angry at the Baird Government’s plan to privatise and offshore their award-winning service and jobs to multinational corporations.

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Tragic consequences for children left behind – the Tweed Daily News

Mar 25, 2015

The front page of the Tweed Daily News spotlights a protest by Community Services caseworkers outside the office of Tweed MP Geoff Provest in response to the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

Read the Tweed Daily News article HERE

Bullied worker had nowhere to turn but Labor has plan to change that – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 25, 2015

Labor has pledged that if elected it will introduce laws to protect victims of workplace bullying with the Industrial Relations Commission to handle such matters.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Red Tape February/March edition – out now

Mar 24, 2015

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Red Tape_February/March2015 edition (PDF)

Cuts on the cards as major parties release election policy costings – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 24, 2015

Both major parties to take aim at the public sector. Again.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Baird pledge: National disability scheme to start a year early – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 24, 2015

Despite problems in the trial in the Hunter region, the Baird Government have announced that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be fast tracked a year early in Penrith and the Blue Mountains area.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Community Services Caseworkers at Penrith and St Marys also walked on 19 March

Read the Penrith City Gazette article HERE

Caseworkers walk off the job over staffing – South Coast Register

Mar 20, 2015

And they walked in Nowra.

Read the South Coast Register article HERE

Volunteer for Pre-Poll and Election Day

Mar 20, 2015

The results in Queensland and Victoria in the past few months showed that over a million people in each election voted before polling day.

If you would like to assist with Unions NSW’s pre-poll activity and also on Election Day click HERE

Labor’s position on disability services

Mar 20, 2015

NSW Labor Leader, Luke Foley has made the following statement in relation to disability services.

NSW Labor believes the NSW State Government cannot wash its hands of its responsibilities to people with disabilities in this state. We believe that there should still be a Minister who is responsible for ensuring that the barriers preventing people with disabilities from flourishing in our communities are broken down. We cannot walk away from ensuring that quality services and proper accountability are at the heart of disability service provision.It is our belief is that people with disabilities should make the choice about which service provider delivers the supports they require – whether that be an NGO or state government service.

Read the full statement HERE

DOCS walk out – 19 March

Illawarra’s vulnerable children remain at risk: PSA – Illawarra Mercury

Mar 20, 2015

Community Services Caseworkers in Coniston and Shellharbour also took part in the lunchtime walk out on 19 March in a show of anger at the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

Read the Illawarra Mercury article HERE

Shellharbour Community and Family Services walk off the job in protest today – the Kiama Independent Times

Mar 19, 2015

Community services workers in Shellharbour were among those who walked out in anger at lunchtime today over the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

Read the Kiama Independent Times HERE

Letter of the day: The privatisation no one is talking about The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 19, 2015

Sydney Morning Herald reader Kerry Stratton nails it.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald HERE

Child protection workers to strike on Thursday – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 19, 2015

Child protection workers in offices across the state walked off the job in anger for an hour at lunchtime today in response to the NSW Government’s failure to properly resource child protection.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald HERE

NSW can pay for needed infrastructure without privatisation – The Northern Star

Mar 19, 2015

Frank Stilwell, Professor, Department of Political Economy at University of Sydney argues there are other options to pay for infrastructure that don’t involve the privatisation of public assets.

Read The Northern Star story HERE

Labor would stop outsourcing of public service jobs to India – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 16, 2015

Labor has vowed to block the outsourcing of ServiceFirst.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

Overloaded NSW caseworkers forced to ignore child’s pleas for help due to lack of staff – The Daily Telegraph

Mar 16, 2015

Children are being placed at risk due to a lack of care workers in Community Services.

Read The Daily Telegraph article HERE

ServiceFirst petition

Mar 13, 2015

A community run petition has started to support staff at ServiceFirst who are currently under threat of having their jobs outsourced and offshored.

ServiceFirst employs over 300 staff in Parramatta, the CBD, and across regional NSW.

It is an award winning shared service provider, managing IT, HR, payroll and finance for DPC, NSW Treasury, Office of Finance and Services, Service NSW and the PSC.

The privatisation of these services will mean employees in these agencies (and the members of the community who access their services) will have their records and data managed by private overseas companies.

You can show your support for ServiceFirst staff and your opposition to this plan by signing

THIS PETITION

If Mugabe wouldn’t do it, why are we accepting this extraordinary attack on wages? – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 13, 2015

A world view on the complaint lodged by the PSA, ACTU and the CPSU, with the International Labour Organisation, over the NSW government’s attack on fundamental workers’ rights.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

TAFE NSW apologises to students for enrolment delays caused by new software – ABC News

Mar 11, 2015

TAFE NSW has apologised for the disruptions to enrolments due to the “Smart and Skilled” fee reforms.

Read the ABC News story HERE

Your pay your say survey result

Mar 6, 2015

Dear members,

Thanks to the thousands of members who voted in the Your pay, your say survey.

More than 95% voted in favour of accepting the Government’s pay offer of 2.5% for one year.

We have now formally advised NSW Industrial Relations of our acceptance of the offer.

Further updates will be provided.

Anne Gardiner
General Secretary

Our jobs are not for sale!

Mar 6, 2015

ServiceFirst bulletin 6 March 2015 (PDF version)

PSA members have said it loud and clear

Just like members in disability services, TAFE colleges and electricity, PSA members have spoken out in opposition to the privatisation of ServiceFirst.

At meetings in both McKell and Parramatta this week, members voiced their dismay at being sold out by a Government that is forging ahead with plans to outsource and offshore ServiceFirst jobs.

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NSW government plans to outsource jobs to India – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 6, 2015

The outsourcing of ServiceFirst will not only impact on 300 positions but risk the security of sensitive government data.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

Cessnock prison staff rally over fears of changes to conditions – the Cessnock Advertiser

Mar 6, 2015

Staff at Cessnock Correctional Centre were among thousands who took part in last Wednesday’s Fight for our Rights nationwide protest.

Read the Cessnock Advertiser article HERE

NSW Government accused of breaching international wage standards

Mar 5, 2015

PSA MEDIA RELEASE – NSW GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF BREACHING INTERNATIONAL WAGE STANDARDS (PDF version)

NSW public servants have lodged a formal complaint with the International Labour Organisation over the government’s attack on fundamental workers’ rights.

The Public Service Association, the ACTU and the CPSU, have joined forces – calling on the ILO to investigate the conduct of the NSW Government.

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner said that laws introduced by the government between 2011 and 2014 breached international standards affecting the state’s nearly 400,000 public servants.

Read more

CPSU Letter to ILO Director Doumbia-Henry 4 March 2015 (PDF)

CPSU ILO Complaint (PDF)

Unions complain to international labour organisation about government attack on wages – The Sydney Morning Herald

Mar 5, 2015

The PSA, the ACTU and the CPSU have joined forces and lodged a formal complaint with the International Labour Organisation over the NSW Government’s attack on fundamental workers’ rights.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

Tens of thousands rally as economy takes another hit under Abbott – ACTU

Mar 4, 2015

ACTU medial release – Tens of thousands rally as economy takes another hit under Abbott (PDF)

As tens of thousands of workers around the nation took to the streets to stand up for their rights at work, new national accounts figures proved that the Government must urgently change its direction.

Read more

PSA Central Council Code of Conduct

Feb 20, 2015

Adopted by Central Council on 9 February 2015.

PSA Central Council Code of Conduct & Ethics (PDF)

NSW Not For Sale

Feb 18, 2015

View the Unions NSW video against privatisation HERE

PSA position on NSW state election

Feb 16, 2015

The PSA’s Central Council has resolved the following in relation to the coming NSW state election:

CC7/15 “That no PSA resources will be used for the purpose of campaigning for any party or any candidate in the upcoming State election, including the use of PSA staff on paid work time. This does not limit or restrict the right of PSA employees to campaign in the election in their own time.”

 

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