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National Parks 50th triumph – The Land

Jun 27, 2017

The recent 50th year celebrations of the National Parks and Wildlife Service have been featured in The Land.

View the article HERE.

Centenary of the Petty Sessions Officers Association (PSOA)

Jun 27, 2017

I would like to warmly congratulate the Petty Sessions Officers Association (PSOA) on its centenary today.

In this day and age, it is a wonderful achievement for an employee organisation to reach such a milestone.

Formed and forged under oppressive circumstances, the Association continues to carry itself with a great sense of pride and tradition, values that all too often now seem to fall by the wayside.

I extend my personal admiration and that of the PSA to all those who have been involved in the Petty Sessions Officers Association over the last one hundred years.

Stewart Little
PSA General Secretary

Prison inmate remains on life support following alleged assault – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 26, 2017

A serious assault in the medium security John Morony Correctional Centre has highlighted the PSA’s concerns for the safety of staff and inmates if jobs are cut and the Centre becomes a maximum security facility.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Park slash and Burn – Bega District News

Jun 23, 2017

A former employee of the National Parks and Wildlife Service has blown the whistle on critical job cuts in the region.

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PSA members win 2.5 per cent pay rise

Jun 22, 2017

The PSA this week secured a 2.5 per cent pay rise for all employees covered by the Crown Employees (Public Sector Salaries) Award and the Local Land Services Award.

The one-year increase, taking effect from 1 July 2017, came after 95 per cent of the more than 4000 PSA members who voted agreed to accept the 2.5 per cent agreement with the NSW Government.

The PSA went to the Industrial Relations Commission and finalised this pay rise for members across the public service. The rise comes with no trade off of conditions.

The 2.5 per cent pay rise is the maximum available under the Government’s wages policy, and sits above the 1.9 per cent wage price index. However, there have been a number of years when this cap has provided less than inflation wage rises.

The new PSA leadership is determined to provide members with greater certainty into the future and will push to have the productivity gains made by workers recognised in future pay rises, as well as longer term pay rises.

The PSA is attempting to update standalone awards for ADHC workers facing privatisation to enable their new privatised employers to recognise the current pay and conditions in new National System employment arrangements.

Last week, awards were made in similar terms for SASS Trustee, ICAC, IPART, Landcom and Audit Office.

While the pay rises will start in July, some agencies may require one or two pay periods to finalise increases and back pay.

These pay rises are won through the efforts of PSA members paying their membership dues and campaigning together. Stronger outcomes can be won with more members building a stronger union, so encourage your colleagues to join the PSA.

With this pay rise secured, the PSA will focus on filling vacant positions, improving access to flexible work conditions, improving job security, controlling workload and combatting privatisation.

 

Stewart Little
General Secretary

Young radicals have outgrown jail system – The Australian

Jun 22, 2017

The PSA again makes national headlines with its push for high security units in Juvenile Justice Centres to manage violent or radicalised young offenders.

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Berejiklian Madness as 500 Jobs Cut from TAFE

Jun 21, 2017

PSA media release

More than 500 jobs from TAFE will be cut in the middle of a skills shortage under the latest act of Berejiklian madness, the Public Service Association says.

Also disappointing is the commitment to the safety of children at risk. Despite promising to increase child protection, the Government has failed to fill vacant Community Services case worker roles.

Despite having a $4 billion plus surplus, the NSW Government has jeopardised the future of NSW by attacking the prospects of the very worker bees required to drive the economy.

Read the full media release HERE.

Teenage inmates recruit radicals – The Weekend Australian

Jun 19, 2017

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little hits the front page of the Weekend Australian calling for a specialist facility within Juvenile Justice to handle radicalised and violent young people.

“Radicalisation is not restricted to adults in the NSW prison system,” he said.

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Govt Dis-Connex – Budget must relieve disability care, child protection and prison crisis: PSA

Jun 19, 2017

PSA media release

The NSW Government must halt its socially destructive privatisation agenda and focus attention on such critical public services as disability care, child protection and prisons said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The PSA, the state’s largest public sector union, calls on the State Government to openly assess the socio-economic impact of any proposed privatisation as part of the budgetary process.

Read the full media release HERE.

NSW wipes its hands of disability services as Productivity Commission raises major concerns – PSA

Jun 15, 2017

PSA Media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) has slammed the NSW Government for scrapping public disability services as a Productivity Commission report raises serious concerns about access and cost blow outs with the NDIS.

The report also highlighted the PSA’s long held concern that some people with disability are receiving a reduced service under the NDIS.

“The disaster this union has been warning about for some time is now official,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Concern over transfer of 40 public service jobs from Maitland – NBN News

Jun 9, 2017

The PSA has gone to bat on NBN News for Office of State Revenue Staff who are being moved from Maitland to Gosford.

Wagga courthouse comes under fire for freezing working conditions – The Daily Advertiser

Jun 9, 2017

Staff and members of the public have been subjected to icy temperatures in Wagga courthouse. PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little turns up the heat in the Daily Advertiser in Wagga.

Read the full article HERE.

Maitland MP slams government decision to move jobs – The Newcastle Herald

Jun 8, 2017

The decision to move 40 Office of State Revenue jobs from Maitland to Gosford has been slammed by the PSA in the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full article HERE.

Female prisoner gets stuck in barbed wire at Silverwater jail – 7 News

Jun 5, 2017

POVB Chair Nicole Jess on 7 News about the incident at Silverwater.

Direction from POVB State Executive

Jun 1, 2017

The Management Committee, Prison Officers Vocational Branch of the Public Service Association of NSW directs members of the POVB not to perform any security checks in a sterile zone of any Correctional Facility that requires a staff member walking on loose and uneven ground.

An inspection of a sterile zone was conducted by SafeWork NSW.

The Inspector from SafeWork NSW identified that the stones, rocks or pebbles in the area were a risk to staff safety.

The Inspector further stated that if daily security checks needed be carried out, that task should be performed by mechanical means, ie; golf cart or similar.

If you are directed by any person to perform a walk through security check of a sterile zone, you are to inform the person making the direction that it is an unlawful direction and that you have been instructed by your union not to engage in the unsafe practice.

Contact a member of the State Executive immediately for assistance.

Office of State Revenue decision reversed by PSA media pressure

Jun 1, 2017

Following media pressure from the PSA, the Office of State Revenue (OSR) have reversed a decision that would have seen roles in the new Gosford office filled through natural attrition in the Lithgow and Maitland Collection Centres.

The plan was that as positions became vacant over the next 20 months, they would not be replaced at Lithgow and Maitland but instead be filled in Gosford.

The PSA had already expressed our concerns to management at the Peak Consultative Committee on 16 May around the loss of jobs from Lithgow and Maitland, and urged them to expand their presence in Lithgow and Maitland, rather than retract.

The PSA subsequently did an ABC Radio interview about the issue just before midday on Wednesday 31 May.

Then just before 4.30pm that day, Stephen Brady, Deputy Secretary, Office of State Revenue issued a statement to the media which reversed their planned move:

“We have listened to feedback from the community and staff members in the Office of State Revenue (OSR) about the Lithgow and Maitland Collection Centre positions moving to the new Gosford office through natural attrition.

Following consideration of this feedback, we have decided not to move the Collection Centre positions in Lithgow and Maitland to the new Gosford office through natural attrition. These positions will remain in their current locations.”

Your PSA delegates have worked particularly hard to place pressure upon management to reverse their original short-sighted decision.

This is not just a great win for members but a win for the communities of Lithgow and Maitland.

Furious CSI officers striking over unjust pay – The Sunday Telegraph

May 29, 2017

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PSA Annual Conference 2017 video part 2

May 26, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the successful 2017 Annual Conference.

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Public prison announcement a win for public safety

May 25, 2017

PSA Media release:

The PSA is today celebrating its win in the fight to keep the NSW prison system in public hands.

Today’s announcement that the John Morony Correctional Centre at Windsor will remain a state run facility is a clear victory for common sense and recognition of the work and capacity of Correctional Officers said the union.

“That a Government hell bent on privatising everything has decided not to sell off the John Morony prison is an enormous win for public safety in NSW,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

PSA concerns about disability services sell off hits front page of The Australian

May 25, 2017

On the back his appearance on the Ray Hadley show yesterday, PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little expresses his serious concerns about the disability sell off in today’s Australian.

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Disability Services concerns on air – the next pink batts scandal?

May 24, 2017

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little on Ray Hadley’s show today about serious concerns with transfer of disability services.

Red Tape April – June 2017 edition

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New video from the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO)

May 19, 2017

The Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) has issued a video for injured workers who may be affected by Section 39 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (Cessation of weekly payments after 5 years).

You can view the video HERE.

If you have any further questions you can ring the PSA on 1300 772 679 or WIRO on 13 94 76.

2017 salaries claim – update

May 17, 2017

The Crown Employees (Public Service – Salaries 2016) Award expires on 30 June 2017, along with awards covering the salaries of members in Local Land Services, IPART, ICAC, Audit Office and Urban Growth.

In January 2017, the PSA commenced the process of securing the next salary rise for members covered by these awards.

In February, after discussions at Central Council, we submitted a formal request to the Government for a 2.5% salary increase each year for the next two years.

As you know, 2.5% is all we are legally allowed to seek without trading off conditions.

The Government responded with a one year offer of 2.5%.

At the Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday 17 May 2017, the matter was conciliated before Chief Commissioner Kite.

At that hearing, the Government failed to move from its one year offer.

Following discussions at the Commission, the Government have however undertaken to consider their position over the coming week.

Another conciliation conference is set down for Monday 29 May at 11am.

The PSA is determined to do everything it can to provide members with certainty and security around their family budgets through a multi-year pay agreement with the Government.

At the PSA’s Annual Conference next week I will be providing an update on the status of the pay case and seek feedback from Conference delegates.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Conference.

Troy Wright
Assistant General Secretary

53 billion arguments against privatisation says PSA

May 16, 2017

PSA Media release:

According to new figures, the NSW Government has privatised a staggering $53 billion in public services to its business mates said the Public Service Association (PSA).

Critical services such as the Land Titles Registry and public disability services are among the areas that have gone under the hammer.

“The Premier says that the proceeds of the sale of these public services and assets will be channelled towards more rail, roads, schools and hospitals,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“What the Premier does not say is those roads will have a toll attached and the hospitals will be private.”

Read the full media release HERE.

NSW public schools to lose millions under Federal reforms – The Daily Telegraph

May 11, 2017

The Daily Telegraph has today reported that under schools reforms by the Federal Government, NSW public schools are set to be stripped of millions of dollars.

The Telegraph posted a full list of the schools and their funding.

You can view that list HERE.

PSA LMBR – Deployment and beyond

May 11, 2017

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Servo killer teens taunts – Sunday Telegraph

May 9, 2017

The PSA’s push to have violent young offenders housed in special high risk management units within Juvenile Justice is gaining ground.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little speaks with the Sunday Telegraph.

Read the full article HERE.

Haste and poor care plans under NDIS a ticking social time bomb says PSA

May 4, 2017

PSA Media release:

Critical care plans under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are poor and in such disarray, a peak body, National Disability Services have felt the need to release a report titled “How to get the NDIS on track,” says the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This report and the reasons behind its release goes to the heart of the PSA’s concern in NSW about the capacity of the NDIS to handle the full range of disability services provided by Ageing Disability and Home Care once ADHC has been removed from the picture,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

Read the full media release HERE.

Experts back PSA concerns over NSW Government wiping its hands of disability services

Apr 24, 2017

PSA media release:

The PSA’s long held position was today backed by concerns of the NSW Mental Health Commission that there will only be funding for approximately a quarter of existing mental health services under the NDIS.

Read the full media release HERE.

PSA slams heartless NSW Government for wiping its hands of disability services

Apr 20, 2017

PSA media release

The Public Service Association has attacked the NSW Government for scrapping public disability services on the same day a billion dollar NDIS cost blow out has been revealed.

“This is the worst possible time for the NSW Government to be washing its hands of public disability services,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“NSW Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams is about to preside over the greatest social tragedy NSW has ever seen. That’s quite a legacy.”

Read the full media release HERE.

457 visa changes must stop job rorts after privatisation – union

Apr 20, 2017

PSA media release:

The Turnbull Government’s changes to 457 Visas must stop the NSW Government contracting out vital public services then replacing full time local jobs with “temporary” overseas workers said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union which called for an inquiry into the matter back in November 2016 said the NSW Government 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.

Read the full media release HERE.

Land Titles Registry sale a disaster for millions

Apr 12, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government decision to lease the 150 year old Land Titles Registry to Hastings Funds Management and First State Super is a recipe for disaster for millions of property owners across NSW said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“It is hands down, the most appalling fire sale decision yet by a Government with a strong track record in that area”, said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Major focus on Corrective Services including new POVB Chair, Nicole Jess in The Sunday Telegraph

Apr 10, 2017

“The first female leader of a prison union in Australasia”, Nicole Jess make the page three of the country’s biggest selling newspaper thanks to her role in a push to improve nutrition for women behind bars, while Prison Officers receive praise from an unexpected source.

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Government risks reputational stain over Titles Registry sale – Sydney Morning Herald editorial

Apr 6, 2017

Reputational damage to the NSW Government is the least of the concerns with the sell off of the Registry.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald editorial HERE.

Central Coast deserves better than 300 job cuts and slashed vital services says union

Apr 3, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government has slashed 300 public sector jobs on the Central Coast, with the privatisation of Disability Services and Out Of Home Care now also eating away at the community said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This is a Government that just builds roads, not communities or a society,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“The Central Coast is out of sight and out of mind as far as this Government is concerned with the highest rate of vulnerable children in Out Of Home Care of all FACS districts in the state.”

“The Government’s ongoing privatisation agenda is setting up the Central Coast to fail spectacularly.”

Read the full media release HERE.

PSA & CPSU make submission to NDIS Costs Inquiry

Mar 31, 2017

The PSA’s federal counterpart, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), in consultation with the PSA, has made a submission to the NDIS Costs Inquiry.

Read the full submission HERE.

Two years of NSW Govt nothing to cheer about

Mar 29, 2017

PSA Media release:

The two year anniversary of the NSW Liberal National Government is nothing to celebrate, the Public Service Association (PSA) says.

“This is a Government that just builds roads, not a society,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Land and Property anti-privatisation rally

Mar 29, 2017

The PSA made its presence felt at a rally on 28 March in Sydney to stand against the sell off of the Land Titles Registry.

 

Keep the Land Titles Registry in public hands

Mar 22, 2017

Everything you need to know about the importance of the Land Titling system and LPI and why it is vital the Titles Registry remains in public hands.

Join the rally on Tuesday, 28 March at 12 noon for a free BBQ outside the LPI building, opposite Queen’s Square in Sydney then at the top end of Martin Place at 1 pm.

Serco – not good enough for the Kiwis, not good enough for us

Mar 17, 2017

PSA Media release:

If private prison operator Serco is not good enough for a prison in New Zealand, it should not be put in charge of NSW jails. Read the PSA’s press release on the news that a privately run prison will open outside Grafton.

Read the full media release HERE.

Shameful Hunter Visit by Minister for Disability Services – shuns meeting People with Disabilities

Mar 14, 2017

PSA Media release:

The PSA has today issued a press release over the visit to the Hunter Valley by the Minister for Disability Services.

The new Minister for Disability Services has shunned people with disability, their support staff and families, failing to meet with them on his first trip to the Hunter under his new portfolio.

The Public Service Association (PSA) said it was disgraceful Ray Williams instead chose to speak with big business on how it can profit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Read the full media release HERE.

Protect our penalty rates

Mar 10, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little talks about why we must remain vigilant about protecting our penalty rates.

Recently the Fair Work Commission cut rates for hospitality and retail workers: and State Government minister have refused to rule out doing the same for NSW public servants.

And remember to sign our online petition to protect our penalty rates.

Hadley and Foley attack LPI sell-off

Mar 7, 2017

AM talkback radio stopped the greyhound ban. Can it help the PSA do the same with the absurd Land Titles sell-off? Opposition leader Luke Foley talks to Ray Hadley about the risk to “the best system in the world” as Berejiklian’s banker mates start hovering around LPI.

Listen to the interview HERE.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on ABC Radio – keep Titles Registry in public hands

Feb 24, 2017

Leaked draft of titles registry contract shows NSW jobs could leave state – The Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 23, 2017

So not only is the Titles Registry being sold to private interests but jobs got leave the state. Who on earth signs off on this stuff?

Read the full article Sydney Morning Herald HERE.

PSA writes to Housing minister about privatisation

Feb 21, 2017

Following the support of Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser in State Parliament opposing the outsourcing of Housing NSW, PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright has written to the Minister, Pru Goward.

You can read that letter HERE.

Need for special high risk unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice – 7 News

Feb 21, 2017

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little on 7 News about the need for a high risk management unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice.

New operators for privatised disability group homes – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 21, 2017

And so it begins. From regulated expert Government care to contracts being awarded to the sole bidder “companies”.

“It’s a short-list of one, which is no short-list.” PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright told the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full Newcastle Herald article HERE.

Cut the risks – Sunday Telegraph editorial

Feb 20, 2017

The Sunday Telegraph backs the PSA’s push for a high risk management unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice.

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Teen inmate threatens beheading – The Sunday Telegraph

Feb 20, 2017

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NSW Treasury senior executives rewarded while government cuts jobs elsewhere – Sun Herald

Feb 20, 2017

Privatise everything and get the big bucks.

“The Treasury is handing these lucrative agencies to their friends in the big end of town, and they’ll pay for that at the ballot box,” PSA General Secretary Stewart Little told the Sun Herald.

Read the full Sun Herald article HERE.

Housing NSW sell off on Mid North Coast due to efficiency says local MP

Feb 17, 2017

The National’s  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser had been silent in relation to the mid North Coast being hit with a quarter of the job cuts in Housing NSW across the state.

That was until the PSA called him out. Fraser told local media essentially that the efficiency of Housing NSW in his area made it attractive for privatisation.

You can read PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright’s letter in response HERE.

Shellharbour Hospital staff urge State Government to ‘have a heart’ – The Illawarra Mercury

Feb 15, 2017

And they stood up in the Illawarra.

Read the full Illawarra Mercury article HERE.

Disability carers across NSW on strike over privatisation plan under NDIS – The Border Mail

Feb 15, 2017

The NSW Government shall not pass with its plans to privatise public disability services. That was the message from members rallying in Albury.

Read the full The Border Mail article HERE.

Hunter service providers protest against NDIS funding ‘shortfall’ – The Maitland Mercury

Feb 15, 2017

The NSW Government are leaving “vulnerable people more vulnerable.”

Almost 84% of the Maitland Mercury’s readers supported the strike by disability workers too.

Read the full The Maitland Mercury article HERE.

Hunter workers join Sydney disability services rally – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 15, 2017

The Newcastle Herald’s Ian Kirkwood joined the PSA bus convey from the Hunter to yesterday’s rally in Sydney.

Read the full The Newcastle Herald article HERE.

PSA members protest in Tamworth over privatisation of disability sector – The Northern Daily

Feb 15, 2017
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Members in Tamworth stood up against the privatisation of disability services.

National’s MP, Kevin Anderson: “It is not fair to leave vulnerable people with reduced or non-existent care.”

What’s “not fair” Kevin is the dismantling of an entire professional sector leaving NSW as the only state in Australia with no Government safety net and throwing the care of people with disability into free fall.

Read the full The Northern Daily article HERE.

Bathurst disability services workers rally against privatisation – The Western Advocate

Feb 15, 2017

Members in Bathurst took a stand on Valentine’s Day in the fight to save public disability services.

Read the full The Western Advocate article HERE.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little addresses disability services rally in Martin Place

Feb 14, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright addresses disability services rally at PSA House

Feb 14, 2017

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