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The State Government plans to privatise Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

Fight the move and the dangerous precedent it sets for the treatment of staff in other areas that may be privatised.

RALLY

Thursday 13 November
12 midday
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

More than 20,000 signatures against the privatisation of ADHC will be presented to Parliament at the rally.

Help us keep track of turn out for the day and RSVP HERE.

arealchoicerally@psa.asn.au

PollieWatch

Who has signed our pledge against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care?

John Kaye, Greens
Kate Washington, Labor candidate for Port Stephens
Milton Caine, Christian Democratic candidate for Newcastle
Clayton Barr, Labor member for Cessnock
Greg Piper, Independent member for Lake Macquarie
Debra O’Brien, Labor candidate for Northern Tablelands
Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens
Jamie Parker, Greens member for Balmain
Jan Barham, Greens

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The Government Sector Employment Act

The Government Sector Employment Act, Regulation & Rules are now in effect.

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Latest News

Serco prison guard incident highlights PSA concerns about non-government sector

Oct 31, 2014

“These are the things we were concerned about when private operators were allowed to run facilities that should be run by the government” – Steve McMahon, Chair of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch of the PSA.

Read the Daily Telegraph story here

Homeless women’s services saved from chopping block – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 31, 2014

Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton has announced the signing of contracts that will save a number of services for homeless women in Sydney.

Read the article HERE.

Gosford LCAG rally against plans to privatise ADHC

Oct 30, 2014

The Gosford Local Community Action Group (LCAG) rallied at at Kibble Park, Gosford 29 October to protest against State Government plans to privatise Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

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Video – Parent talking about the privatisation of ADHC

Oct 30, 2014

TAFE Cuts community forum on 28 October at Gymea Tradies

Oct 30, 2014

PSA Assistant General Secretary, Steve Turner was among the speakers.

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Government’s latest workplace changes designed to drive down wages, conditions – ACTU

Oct 30, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

The latest instalment of the Abbott Government’s anti-worker agenda attacks basic workplace rights and will make it harder for workers to get pay rises.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the proposed changes deliver what business and employers want, and swing the pendulum back to them.

 Read more

Union says new rules could end temporary employees’ jobs – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 29, 2014

The PSA’s concerns for the future of thousands of temporary employees has hit today’s Herald.

Read the story HERE

ACTU makes claim for domestic violence leave pioneered by PSA

Oct 28, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

ACTU media release: Domestic violence leave (PDF version)

Unions push for the right to domestic violence leave

Unions are pushing to give millions of Australian workers the right to access domestic violence leave.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said paid domestic violence leave is designed to support victims of domestic violence and help them to keep their job.

Read more

Radio Redfern pioneer says Baird government Aboriginal Home Care sale ‘racist’ – The Sun Herald

Oct 27, 2014

The Baird Government’s plan to privatise Aboriginal Home Care services has come under fire from Indigenous film maker and disability activist Lester Bostock.

Read the Sun Herald article HERE.

Tara McCarthy reinstated at SES after ICAC vindication – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 27, 2014

State Emergency Service Deputy Commissioner Tara McCarthy has finally been reinstated.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Penrith LCAG members on pledge drive for ADHC

Oct 24, 2014

Members of the Penrith LCAG marched to the office of Stuart Ayres on 24 October to request he sign our pledge to stop the privatisation of Ageing Disability and Home Care services.

He declined.

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Government finally acts on ICAC finding regarding SES Deputy Commissioners sacking

Oct 24, 2014

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PSA media release: Government finally acts on ICAC finding regarding SES Deputy Commissioners sacking (PDF version)

The Baird Government has been forced to override its own employment contracts and finally reinstate the first female Deputy Commissioner of the State Emergency Services, whistleblower, Tara McCarthy after she was found to have been corruptly sacked.

Deputy Commissioner McCarthy’s reinstatement was announced today and she commences duty on Monday 27 October 2014.

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Rallying support for ADHC on 13 November

Oct 24, 2014

On 23 October, a group of seven ADHC employees who are PSA members from the Sydney Local Campaign Action Group, came to the Unions NSW to address the weekly meeting about the rally on 13 November.

Sian Page (pictured below) gave a rousing speech that questioned the privatisation of ADHC.

You can read her speech HERE

Sian Page (pictured) gave a rousing speech that questioned the privatisation of ADHC.

Public servants moved back to city offices – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 23, 2014

The Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing is on the move again just 18 months after moving to Parramatta.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Government responds to Inquiry into allegations of bullying in WorkCover

Oct 20, 2014

The government has responded to the Inquiry into allegations of bullying in WorkCover.

Read the Minister’s response HERE.

BBQ at Stockton Centre for ADHC

Oct 17, 2014

On 16 October at Stockton more signatures were added to the petition against the privatisation of ADHC and flyers for the rally on 13 November distributed.

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Insecure employment arrangements

Oct 17, 2014

From 24 February 2015, Departments are expected to be compliant with the new temporary employment provisions of the Government Sector Employment Act.

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Home Care privatisation: Sale to hit Hunter workers – The Newcastle Herald

Oct 17, 2014

Hundreds of workers in the Hunter region will be affected by the State Government’s privatisation of Home Care.

Read the article HERE.

Charges laid over jail riot, brave prison officers commended – The Daily Telegraph

Oct 17, 2014

“I am acknowledging the fine work of all staff involved in managing the incident with official Commissioner’s Commendations.” Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin.

Read the whole story HERE.

WorkCover bullying: Wayne Butler receives belated apology – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 17, 2014

WorkCover NSW has issued an unconditional apology to PSA member Wayne Butler.

Read the full story HERE.

PSA fights TAFE course fee rises – St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Oct 15, 2014

The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader have highlighted the PSA’s concerns about the attack on TAFE.

Read the full story HERE.

Home Care privatisation & the indigenous community – The Wire

Oct 14, 2014

PSA Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mal Cochrane speaks to the Wire about the implications for the aboriginal community of the privatisation of Home Care.

Cochrane interview on The Wire 13 October 2014 (MP3)

Candidates’ Pledge – Protect ADHC

Oct 14, 2014

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Privatisation of State Fleet rolling

Oct 10, 2014

Even when a Government department is making a profit for the people of NSW, this Government wants to privatise it.

Read the letter to the Minister from PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner HERE.

 

Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training

 
Unions NSW will be conducting the following Health and Safety Representative Training Course (5 days) from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Unions NSW Training Rooms, Ground Floor, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney.
 
  • Monday 10 November , Tuesday 11 November, Wednesday 12 November; and
    Monday 24 November and Tuesday 25 November

This course enables elected HSRs to exercise the full rights under the WHS Act 2011.

Cost is $800 (inclusive of GST) to be paid by the employer.

A discount may apply for group bookings or trade union staff HSRs

To make a booking, please fill in this form and email to: whs@unionsnsw.org.au

Sign our petition & help stop the privatisation of NSW

The total privatisation of ADHC will dramatically undermine choice and the provision of quality services.

The NSW Government must retain a key role in delivering this vital human service.

The Government so far has failed to make a commitment to protect the job security, pay and conditions of the public servants who are to be transferred, like it or not, to a private employer.

This is undoubtedly just the beginning of a mass sell off of public services in NSW.

Please sign the petition HERE and ask your family, work colleagues and friends to sign also.

So please print a copy, collect as many signatures as you can, and post the petition back to:

The Public Service Association of NSW GPO Box 3365 Sydney NSW 2001

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