Thursday 26 May and Friday 27 May 2016
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Australia’s best economics writer, Ross Gittins, on why governments need to think beyond typical ‘slash-and-burn’ theories when controlling spending.
Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE
May 25, 2016
PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner highlights concerns about the loss of specialised casino inspectors.
Read the ABC story HERE.
Government coffers will be stripped of $100 million a year by the Baird Government’s sell off of the titling and registry of the Land and Property Information (LPI) Service, the Public Service Association (PSA) says.
Read more HERE.
Australian Unions are conducting a door knock from 21 May.
Join in and have a conversation with the community about the importance of public services.
Something really big is happening, starting on 21st May and we want you to be part of it – SIGN UP HERE
I am pleased to announce an historic first, with PSA management having reached agreement on a single enterprise agreement for all PSA staff.
Under the Fair Work Act 2009, all private sector employees, including PSA staff, were moved from the state industrial relations system to the federal system.
Since that time, industrial staff in the PSA have not had a legally enforceable agreement covering their wages and conditions.
In order to ensure that all PSA staff had equal industrial protections, I commenced negotiations with the three internal PSA unions to work on a single agreement.
Given the ambitious nature of this undertaking, it was not surprising that some difficulties were encountered in bringing all parties to agreement.
However, good will from both PSA staff and management resulted in 95% of staff voting for the agreement.
Yesterday, the parties were advised by Fair Work that the PSA Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016 had been approved and will take effect from 24 May 2016.
You can view the agreement HERE.
Yours in Unity
PSA General Secretary
ADHC members marched to the Industrial Relations Commission this morning to take a stand with PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner to protest against FACS refusing to talk about their transfer package.
The NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has guaranteed some jobs at superannuation firm Pillar will stay in the Illawarra – but she declined to say how many.
Read more HERE.
Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner, General Secretary Anne Gardiner and school admin manager Mary Court were among the marchers at the 2016 May Day parade.
At the family fun day that followed the march, staff and members at a PSA stall highlighted the threat to public services from the State Government’s privatisation agenda.
A report by lobby group GetUp has exposed the loopholes used by corporate tax dodgers.
Closing the Caribbean Connection found:
- Australia lost $5.37 billion to corporate tax dodging from just 76 foreign multinationals in 2013 and 2014
- these billionaire corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than your average nurse
- big pharmaceutical corporations paid the lowest effective tax rate at just 5.7 percent, compared to 7.5 percent for high-tech corporations and 20 percent for energy corporations
- there are two major loopholes that are being exploited by multinational corporations: Debt Loading and Profit Alienation, and effective policy solutions to both of these loopholes have recently been implemented in Hong Kong and Britain.
To view the report and download an email template to contact your MP, click HERE
TAFE members in New England also took a striking stand.
The Baird Government marches forward with its purge of public disability services.
Greater choice? No choice.
TAFE members also stood up in the Hunter.
Read the Newcastle Herald article HERE
TAFE members stood up to be counted in the Illawarra for the strike on 28 April.
Read the Illawarra Mercury article HERE
Read the bulletin HERE
This State Coalition Government decided to close three NSW prisons and downgrade another when its own Bureau of Crime Statistics (Bocsar) said prisoner numbers were rapidly increasing. INCOMPETENCE.
On top of the changed workers compensation legislation, this Government, with the stroke of a pen, made a policy decision to stop staff from being able to use their own accrued sick leave to “top up” their workers compensation payments when injured. CONTEMPT.
Prison managers’ failure to share information led to brutal jail attack: union – The Sydney Morning Herald
Just as the PSA has been warning: overcrowding is a recipe for tragedy in prisons.
Mt Druitt Motor Registry closure sparks protest against loss of driver testing – The Daily Telegraph
PSA members in western Sydney take a stand in a community protest against the closure of Mt Druitt Motor Registry.
PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner responds to the Treasurer’s call for more public service job cuts on ABC radio in Newcastle 1 March, 2016.