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PSA Annual Conference 2017

 PSA Annual Conference will be held on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017 at PSA House, Level 10, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Country Conference will be held on Wednesday 24 May, also at the same venue.

Nomination forms are available HERE.

Nominations closed on Friday 21 April 2017.


May Day Rally – Sunday 7 May 2017

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May Day March – Newcastle

Apr 26, 2017

Newcastle’s May Day march will be on Sunday, 30 April. Supporters are to meet at Hamilton train station at 10am for a 10.30am march to Gregson Park via Beaumont Street. At Gregson Park there will be speeches and songs of Solidarity.

May Day March – Wollongong

Apr 26, 2017

The Wollongong march will take place on Saturday 6 May. Marchers should assemble at the South Coast Labor Council headquarters at Lowden Square, opposite Wollongong railway station, at 10am.

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

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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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NSW Government risks reputational stain over Land 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.

No Profit From Rape Campaign Action – 6 April 2017

Apr 4, 2017

The PSA is supporting the action by the ASU at 11:00am on Thursday, 6 April 2017 in Farrar Place, Sydney as part of their No Profit From Rape campaign.

A number of high profile speakers will join the action to demonstrate to the Federal Government there is a huge level of community support and respect for counsellors at the Rape and Domestic Violence counselling service who have been forced to tender for the work they do by 19 April 2017.

Look for the PSA flags on the day.

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 Association’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.

Natural emergencies hitting NSW

Mar 31, 2017

The PSA (CPSU) is sending out a big thank you to the emergency services workers helping communities affected by the Cyclone Debbie. We would also like to thank the Southern Cross University members at Lismore who have shared their workplace as an evacuation centre for the coming days.

It is an important time to remind all members that your union has award clauses to support all workers unable to attend work in natural emergencies such as floods.

Clause 17 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award allows public service employees prevented from attending work at a normal work location because of natural emergency to apply for varied working hours, alternate working location or to take Family and Carers leave, flex, rec or extended leave or LWOP to cover the period.

Southern Cross University also has in its enterprise agreement special leave for severe climatic conditions, which we understand is being utilised with the direction to most staff to not attend the campus today.

Remember please keep safe and avoid unnecessary travel.

Hunter Workers May Day 2017

Mar 31, 2017

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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.

 

Entire wage structure needs review: Watson – The Australian Financial Review

Mar 22, 2017

The Australian Financial Review has reported comments by former Fair Work Commission Vice President Graeme Watson which call for a full review of all base workplace conditions including “high” minimum wages.

(It is still called the “Fair” Work Commission isn’t it?)

According to the AFR, Watson felt the decisions of the Commission had been “grossly compromised” by unions.

In other words, unions blocked lousy employer proposals that would have impacted negatively on their members.

Unions: imagine a world without them.

Read the Financial Review article HERE.

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.

Red Tape February/March 2017 edition

Mar 21, 2017

Click below to view the latest edition of Red Tape.

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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.

Palm Sunday rally for refugees 2017 – Sunday 9 April

Mar 16, 2017

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey will be among the speakers at Palm Sunday on 9 April. The march, in support of asylum seekers, will begin at the Archibald Fountain and head to Circular Quay.

For more information click HERE.

PSA University Undergraduate Scholarship

Mar 15, 2017

The scholarship is available at any Australian university in any course and is restricted to students entering the first year of a full-time course.

It is restricted to children of members of the Association at the time of application, who have been continuous financial members for the previous five years.

The scholarship will have a value of $850 per annum and will be awarded in the first instance for one year and re-awarded annually for a maximum period of three years.

A scholar’s tenure shall be subject to a satisfactory report as to his/her progress and conduct.

The Scholarship will be awarded on results obtained in Higher School Certificate Examination and Assessment or equivalent and will take into account whether or not the applicant is the holder of a scholarship, traineeship, etc.

Subject to the provisions above, the highest marks and assessment and/or aggregate will be the deciding factor in the award.

Applications close at 5pm on 31 March.

Click HERE to download the application form.

If you have any queries please contact Sandra Lockey, Executive Assistant at the PSA on (02) 9220 0982.

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.

Show your support for flexible working conditions

Mar 7, 2017

Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day. Show your support for flexible working conditions, which will help both women and men have a better work/life balance, by photographing yourselves and your colleagues with this poster.

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Email them to iwd@psa.asn.au and we will put the photos on social media and Tweet them to the Premier so she knows how seriously the PSA and its members take flexible work.

The PSA has also marked the day with a letter to Premier Berejiklian urging her to do more to make the NSW public service, the largest employer in the state, a leader in flexible working conditions. You can read the letter HERE.

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.

Ministry of Health Meeting with Minister Hazzard

Mar 2, 2017

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PSA Delegate and Central Councillor Julie Westacott, along with General Secretary Stewart Little, Industrial Manager Kris Cruden and Industrial Officer Carmel McKeough met with Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research on 28 February 2017.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on ABC Radio makes the case for keeping Land 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.

Fundraising for Lynda Lawrie, Police radio operator

Feb 21, 2017

Lynda is suffering from terminal cancer. Her colleagues have established a ‘Go Fund Me’ page to raise money to provide facilities which will enable relatives of cancer sufferers to stay overnight at the hospital.

The fundraising page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/lyndas-thank-you-to-ward4c-nccc.

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 members at PSA House

Feb 14, 2017

Privatised NSW Home Care service has big problems say clients – The Herald

Feb 13, 2017

Clients in the privatised Home Care Service in the Hunter region are far from impressed with the level and quality of care post privatisation.

The Government washing its hands and walking away from some of society’s most vulnerable was the PSA’s concern regarding Home Care and remains a great concern for disability services.

Read the full The Herald article HERE.

Land and Property Information rally and BBQ

Feb 9, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little addresses a rally outside the soon to be privatised Land and Property Information Service at Queen’s Square in Sydney.

“Everything about this sale is wrong!”

PSA Housing concerns aired on TV

Feb 8, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright was on the mid North coast on 7 February and highlighted the PSA’s concerns about the sell off of Housing NSW on Prime TV.

Not only did the member for Coffs’ Andrew Fraser respond to our concerns but said “Why its happened [the sell off of Housing NSW] is we were the most efficient area in the state and therefore more attractive for community service providers to pick up the contracts.”

Couldn’t have scripted that better ourselves.

Troy Wright also voiced the PSA’s concerns about the Housing cuts on NBN TV

Feb 8, 2017

Claims public housing cuts will impact Coffs Coast – The Coffs Coast Advocate

Feb 7, 2017

The mid north coast will bear the brunt of plans to slash almost 200 jobs and close offices of Housing NSW PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright told the Coffs Harbour Advocate.

Read the full The Coffs Coast Advocate article HERE.

Disability workers to strike across NSW – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 7, 2017

What will the future hold for people with disability following the full privatisation of disability services in NSW asks PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright in the Newcastle Herald ahead of the strike on 14 February.

New Disability Services Minister, Ray Williams says disability workers are “some of the most dedicated and caring people in the community”.

Of course they are. They provide an essential service. So Minister, why treat them as if they are completely disposable and dispensable?

Read the full The Herald article HERE.

More of the top news story on Sunday night with the PSA’s reaction to a tourist development at the Zoo

Feb 7, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on 9 News slams a high end resort development at the Zoo

Feb 6, 2017

Taronga Zoo’s plan to build luxury eco-resort slammed by council and residents – The Sun Herald

Feb 6, 2017

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“[the proposal] means directing funds away from the zoo’s core business of animal welfare and conservation and channelling it into a multimillion dollar development catering to the rich,”

PSA Assistant Secretary Troy Wright told the Sun Herald.

Read the full The Sun Herald article HERE.

PSA Rewards Program for recruiting ceased

Feb 6, 2017

The PSA Rewards Program that offered a $75 giftcard to any member who signed up a colleague on-line ceased operation on and from 31 January 2017.

In March 2016, Central Council endorsed the program for a four month trial period and it was subsequently launched at Annual Conference in May.

The scheme however was ill conceived and part of a failed effort by the previous leadership to increase the PSA’s membership.

At its meeting in December 2016, Central Council resolved to discontinue the scheme.

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