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Change of WorkCover NSW to SafeWork NSW

Oct 9, 2015

The NSW Government recently announced structural reforms to the operation and regulation of statutory insurance schemes in NSW, including WorkCover.

These reforms impact all workers in every workplace across the state and are explained HERE.

Claw & Order – The Daily Telegraph

Oct 8, 2015

Fisheries Officers reel in illegal fishing activity.

Fisheries Officers - Tele 8 October medium

Please save our own kids, Mr Baird

Oct 8, 2015

Acting PSA General Secretary, Steve Turner delivers an open letter to Premier Baird in today’s Daily Telegraph on behalf of the state’s most vulnerable children.

Turner op ed Tele 8 Oct 2015 medium

Nine News: PSA calls for Special Constables to receive same training as Police

Oct 6, 2015

The PSA wants the Government to provide Special Constables with the same regularly updated training as Police in the wake of the Parramatta shooting.

Crims must be cuffed – The Daily Telegraph

Oct 6, 2015

The call by the Prison Officer’s Vocational Branch of the PSA for all offenders with a conviction to be handcuffed in court to ensure staff and public safety hit the top of page three of today’s Daily Telegraph.

View The Daily Telegraph article HERE

PSA members prevent greater tragedy in Parramatta

Oct 4, 2015

Dear PSA Members

Late Friday afternoon there was a shooting at NSW Police Headquarters where long serving public servant Curtis Cheng was killed. This is the second time in the last 18 months that a public servant has been shot and killed whilst serving the people of NSW.

I extend to the family and friends of Mr Cheng my sincerest sympathies. I also want to say to Mr Cheng’s colleagues that the PSA is here for you at this extremely difficult time. We have been working closely with the NSW Police Command and Police Association to ensure your safety and the safety of others who work in Police premises. We will be meeting with members who work for Police this week to hear concerns that you may have about your safety or well being and then we will be raising them in a meeting with the Police Commissioner.

It is with pride that I note that the Special Constables who averted a greater loss of life are covered by the PSA. The Acting General Secretary Steve Turner and PSA Special Constable delegate Marin Jurcevic were in attendance to support our members quickly after this tragic event occurred. Once a critical Incident Investigation was declared, immediate legal and practical support for our members was very important and this was provided by the PSA. The PSA will be working with Special Constables to hear matters of concern that you may have and these will be raised with the Police Commissioner. From all your fellow PSA members we say thank you.

Details are below for those who may wish to provide a donation as a way of expressing sympathy to Mr Cheng’s family.

Finally, I would like to echo the words of Premier Baird who has said that we are an inclusive and tolerant society and that no one can take that from us.

Vale Curtis Cheng.

Anne Gardiner
General Secretary

NSW Police Legacy Appeal
BSB 815 000
Account 276953

POVB Chair on 7News re prison break

Oct 2, 2015

Prison Officers’ Vocational Branch Chair Steve McMahon on 7News discussing prison overcrowding and staffing shortages, which are contributing factors to the escapes this week.

Steve Mac 7News prison escapes 1 Oct 2015 (mpeg)

“Hands off TAFE” Day of Action

Oct 2, 2015

The Greens are holding a “Hands off TAFE” Day of Action in NSW on Monday 12 October to coincide with the final listed public hearing for the NSW Upper House inquiry into vocational education and training (VET).

Working conditions are under attack, further job losses are in the pipeline, buildings are being sold off and TAFE as a first rate vocational education provider is being trashed by the Smart and Skilled policy.

It’s time to stand up.

The “Hands Off TAFE” Day of Action allows you to choose how you want to be involved. You can participate in this mass collective action wherever you are located in NSW, at home or work, on the phone or computer, outside a TAFE campus, at a train station or in your community.

For more information click HERE

Carers vote to strike over crisis in disability sector

Oct 2, 2015


And so it begins. At a meeting in Newcastle yesterday, PSA members in ADHC voted to strike for 4 hours on 4 November, 2015.

Read the PSA’s media release HERE

Disability carers discuss strike action over govt’s privatisation of the sector – ABC News

Oct 1, 2015

“PSA members in ADHC are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.”

Read the ABC News article HERE

Fight will be bigger than WorkChoices battle if penalty rate cuts attempted – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sep 30, 2015

A Your Rights At Work 2 fight continues to gear up in the face of the Federal Government’s withering attitude to pay and conditions.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

NSW Police Force honours colleagues both sworn and unsworn with new memorial

Sep 28, 2015

The PSA was among those who made a contribution towards a new memorial at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills to honour colleagues, both sworn and unsworn, across NSW.

Read the NSW Police Force media release HERE

PSA letter to Home Care members: major provisions for transfer secured

Sep 25, 2015

PSA secures major provisions for Home Care transfer September 2015 (PDF version)

Dear members,

You will have recently received correspondence from Kevin Reilly, Director, Home Care regarding the transfer to Australian Unity.

As you would be aware, the PSA has taken a strong stand on your behalf to secure the best possible deal in relation to the transfer.

While we were not able to secure every measure we sought, I am pleased to report that the union has in fact secured a number of important outcomes that we, with your support, have been fighting for throughout the negotiation period.

We have ensured:

  • that Australian Unity will not seek to negotiate a new enterprise agreement for two years, meaning that conditions are guaranteed for that period
  • the protection of MEE Policy redundancy entitlements post-transfer
  • that all leave entitlements and accruals to date will be transferred to the new employer, including sick leave.

I have been in discussions with FACS Secretary, Michael Coutts-Trotter, in pursuit of these issues and it is pleasing to see the results reflected in some way in Mr Reilly’s correspondence.

I want to congratulate all members for staying strong in this campaign. It is because of your strength that these outcomes have been achieved.

Let me assure you that the PSA will continue to represent your interests with Australian Unity and ensure that you receive the best possible deal through the transition and beyond.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Turner
Acting PSA General Secretary

Sheriff’s Officers recruitment campaign win

Sep 24, 2015

Sheriff’s Officers recruitment campaign win September 2015 (PDF version)

PSA staff and delegates on the Sheriff’s Officers’ Vocational Branch Advisory Group (SOVBAG) have been campaigning tirelessly for an increase in Sheriff’s Officer numbers.

Part of a dispute lodged by the PSA against the Office of the Sheriff in March 2015 was the considerable reduction in Sheriff’s Officers and the need to rectify this shortfall as a matter of urgency.

The PSA was advised by the Department in June this year that an increase in funding for one year had been granted for the recruitment of Sheriff’s Officers to address the heightened national terror alert.

The persistence of the PSA in highlighting the need for more Sheriff’s Officers paid off.

The Government announced that security at key courthouses across NSW will be strengthened with the appointment of forty (40) new Sheriff’s Officers.

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Government denies TAFE price-hikes – Ten News

Sep 24, 2015

A PSA push has shone light on the TAFE training nightmare.

View the Ten News story HERE

You spoke, now it’s time for TAFE to listen

You spoke now it’s time for TAFE to listen September 2015 (PDF version)

The results of TAFE’s ballot for your enterprise agreement are in: a massive 81% voted NO!

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TAFE NSW inquiry: Barilaro refuses to acknowledge effect of fee hikes – The Sydney Morning Herald

Sep 23, 2015

The efforts of the PSA have shone a light on the training nightmare that TAFE has become.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

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Massive NO Vote in TAFE bargaining

Sep 22, 2015

The PSA’s NO VOTE campaign in response to proposed cuts to wages and conditions in TAFE has been a huge success.

81% of members voted NO.

Well done.

TAFE Bargaining Representatives ballot results 22 September 2015 (PDF)

Grafton Jail filling up quickly with new inmates and staff – The Daily Examiner

Sep 22, 2015

The PSA’s push since December 2014 to reopen Grafton gaol in the face of dangerous overcrowding in the state’s prisons has been successful.

Read The Daily Examiner article HERE

Appalling flaws in VET subsidy scheme – The Age

Sep 21, 2015

Quality reasonably priced vocational training is turning into the fast food market. Only worse. And tomorrow’s workforce and today’s tax payers are the ones taking the direct hit.

Read The Age article HERE

Safety and Injured Workers Conference

Sep 15, 2015

Unions NSW will be holding its annual Safety and Injured Workers Conference on

October 22 and 23, 2015 from 9am

  • Thursday October 22 will focus on workplace safety rights
  • Friday October 23 will focus on injured worker rights

Venue is Trades Hall Auditorium, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Further information HERE

TAFE teachers downgraded, salaries cut as ‘second-chance’ education slashed – Sydney Morning Herald

Sep 14, 2015

The end of TAFE – round 3. First students cop it with Smart And Skilled, then staff are threatened with slashed conditions now teachers targeted. So much for transforming lives.

NSW – the dumbed down state.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE




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