The NSW Government is undertaking a mass privatisation via stealth, with details on how this will affect the people of NSW shrouded in secrecy. If the Government gets its way, Land and Property Information, Trustee and Guardian services, TAFEs, Sport and Recreation Centres, transport, prisons, public housing, disability care, and child protection services will be lost to private, unaccountable interests.
On Monday 5 September, the PSA launched a second advertising campaign, The Secret Sell Off.
You can view the campaign website HERE.
The PSA has also set up an online petition on the Stop The Secret Sell Off website calling on the NSW Government to:
- protect our valuable public services from privatisation; and
- introduce “follow the money” laws for financial scrutiny and accountability.
You can sign our petition to stop the secret privatisation of NSW HERE.
To see one of the billboards which is now on the Harbour Bridge approach click HERE.
A thirty second radio ad is being aired in the Sydney metropolitan area and on regional stations.
You can hear the radio advertisement below.
PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, Glen Barlow from Corrective Services, Jane Howrylak from Trustee and Guardian and Schools representative and CPSU/SPSF Branch President Mary Court at PSA House before meeting with Fred Nile on 9 August. The delegation sought support for the fight against the GSE Regulation that extinguishes the right of NSW public sector workers to redundancy or severance payments where privatisations occur.
In today’s Daily Telegraph, the PSA highlights cuts to solicitors and the outsourcing of their work in Fair Trading.
The PSA has provided comments to the Department of Industry on a consultation paper released in July 2016 on proposed changes to the Act and Regulation related to Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW.
Many of the provisions do not directly affect our members but the PSA has taken the opportunity to raise concerns including:
- the impact of ever-increasing contestability in vocational education and training which is destroying our TAFE system
- problems with the accountability of private vocational education and training providers
- inaction by government agencies in not taking on apprentices and trainees
- failure to sufficiently act on government policy on indigenous training and employment.
You can read our letter HERE.
The PSA wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.
PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner appeared on the ABC last night in relation to the matter.
You can view the news item below.
After a year of defending residential out-of-home care services for children, New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard has told them to lift their game.
Mr Hazzard has sent the providers a strongly worded letter foreshadowing changes.
The move follows a recent coronial inquest into the death of a 15-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose after she was allegedly raped while in state care.
The Public Service Association (PSA) wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.
Mr Hazzard’s response was shocking, claiming there were no issues – in fact he was: “ …proud of the improvement in the care of our most vulnerable children.”
PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner said the Minister can no longer claim he was unaware.
“Again lack of regulation and oversight of these private operators has led to shocking abuses and yet the Baird Government intends to outsource further, without fixing the problem,” said Steve Turner.
“We know these NGOs are not looking for kinship arrangements for these Aboriginal children and we know we are running into another ‘Stolen Generation’.”
“Today’s announcement is just outsourcing to fix the problems created by outsourcing,” said Steve Turner.
The Public Service Association (PSA) is hosting a mock “auction” of public services outside Parliament on Wednesday 21 September to highlight the Baird Government’s secret privatisation agenda.
The rally – which will include an auctioneer and speakers from Land and Property lnformation, Sport and Recreation and Disability Services – will run between 12:30pm and 1:30pm.
The PSA will be demanding Parliament debate its 25,000 signature petition against the sell off of disability services that has been ignored by Government in order to keep its sale plans under wraps.
Flexible work is an issue of great importance to many members and the PSA has been campaigning hard on this topic, both in terms of flexible working hours arrangements and flexible work more generally, such as access to part-time work and leave without pay.
Recently the Public Service Commission (PSC) wrote to the PSA seeking input on three questions on flexible work.
The PSA will be responding to the PSC drawing on member experiences including recent negotiations on flexible working hours agreements and issues raised via the Member Support Centre. If you would like to provide feedback for the response to the PSC please email this to:
KLawrence-Haynes@psa.asn.au by COB Tuesday 27 September 2016
The three PSC questions are:
- What are the conditions that enable the successful use of flexible work in the NSW Government sector?
- What barriers are there to the effective uptake of flexible work and how could they be overcome?
- What opportunities are there to improve the use of flexible work?
In framing our response, any positive member experiences of flexible work would be helpful so that we can argue for an expansion of any good practice.
Sep 19, 2016
Further proof of The Baird Government’s secret sell off with the privatisation of five additional hospitals.
Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.
Sep 16, 2016
As result of the PSA imposing work bans, NSW National Park and Wildlife, the Office of Environment and Heritage listed an urgent matter before the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW. The matter was heard before Commissioner Newell 14 September where the Commissioner made the following recommendation:
- That the PSA lift the work bans forthwith
- On the premise that the work bans are lifted, I require the National Parks Wildlife Service (NPWS) to consult with the PSA within two weeks to canvass all matters surrounding NPWS desire to implement 14.2.2 of the award. (Savings Implementation Plan, SIP agreement) NPWS is required to consult before implementing any changes.
Commissioner Newall gave leave to the parties to relist the matter if either party had any concerns. On that basis of Commissioner Newall’s recommendations and the fact that the Department are now required to consult, the PSA is lifting work bans immediately.
PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner addresses a rally outside the LPI building at Queen’s Square. PSA members voted to go on strike on one of the busiest days of the year for the LPI to protest the Baird Government’s plans to hand over some of the department’s functions to the private sector.
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.