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Defending Public Services doorknocking campaign

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

Join the doorknocking campaign HERE

 

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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

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

TAFE Community Forum – Lismore

Mar 5, 2015

Northern Rivers Union Network are hosting a public forum on Thursday 12th March where the candidates in the March 2015 State Election for the seats of Lismore, Ballina and Tweed are invited to answer questions relating to TAFE Cuts, the Unions NSW Jobs, Rights and Services Campaign and local issues.

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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.

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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.

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Forum to demand a better future for people with an intellectual disability

Mar 4, 2015

WHEN: Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 7pm to 8:30pm

WHERE: Panthers, Cnr King & Union St. Newcastle

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ICAC findings over whistleblower sacking – The Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 26, 2015

The former State Emergency Service Commissioner is to be charged under whistleblower protection laws over the sacking of Deputy Commissioner, Tara McCarthy.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

PSA Annual Women’s Conference 2015

Feb 25, 2015

The 2015 PSA Women’s Conference will be held in September at PSA house, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney.

All women members of the PSA are welcome to attend.

Registrations will open in July and will be published, along with additional details, in Women at Work and Red Tape.

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TAFE NSW reform brings students to tears – The Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 24, 2015

The Baird government’s reforms to TAFE are ending in tears, literally.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald story HERE

SES Randwick is recruiting volunteers

Feb 23, 2015

The Randwick-Botany unit of the NSW State Emergency Service is now recruiting volunteers 18 years and over for 2015.

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Unions NSW Scroll of Honour for Mary Court

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Mary Court with PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner at Unions NSW on 19 February

Hard working PSA schools delegate, Mary Court has been honoured with the Unions NSW 2015 Scroll of Honour for her services to the PSA and the union movement.

Mary is a School Admin Manager from Blaxland High School.

Mary has been a highly valued district leader for PSA members in Western Sydney public schools since 1994.

She became a powerful force in the union movement’s Your Rights At Work campaign in 2005 – 2007.

Mary is also a founding member and Secretary of the highly organised Penrith Valley Community Unions where her skills, knowledge and passion are helping to make the Jobs, Rights & Services Campaign a great success.

Congratulations Mary.

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)

Candidates sign pledge to the community – Western Weekender

Feb 20, 2015

A forum organised by the Penrith Valley Community Unions (PVCU) against privatisation received plenty of support from some, but not all, local candidates in the coming state election.

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Union says it would be cheaper and faster to reopen Grafton jail instead of Kirkconnell – ABC News

Feb 19, 2015

Reopening Grafton prison the better option said POVB Chair, Steve McMahon

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Rally opposes disability services privatisation – Cessnock Advertiser

Feb 19, 2015

A rally in Cessnock to protest against the privatisation of ADHC went very smoothly.

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Glen Turner Scholarship in natural resource management

Feb 18, 2015

Environment Minister, Rob Stokes has announced the creation of the Glen Turner Scholarship at the University of Newcastle.

Glen, a compliance officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage, was shot and killed last year while on duty.

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NSW Not For Sale

Feb 18, 2015

View the Unions NSW video against privatisation HERE

Anti-privatisation rally Cessnock

Feb 18, 2015

PSA members rallied in Cessnock on 16 February against the privatisation of disability services. The rally was organised by the Hunter District LCAG and included Clayton Barr, the Labor member for Cessnock.
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Newcastle Hamilton TAFE rally

Feb 18, 2015

PSA members rallied outside Hamilton TAFE campus on 17 February where Premier Baird was opening the new offices of the Newcastle Business Chamber.IMG-20150217-00071_1

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.”

Maitland 2015 NSW State Election Candidates forum

Meet your local candidates and make YOUR voice heard.

Friday 6 March
6pm – 8:30pm
East Leisure and Golf Club
Tenambit Street, East Maitland

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