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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 staff in other areas that may be privatised.

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Which politicians have signed our pledge against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care?

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The Government Sector Employment Act

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

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The Greens Save TAFE campaign: Plan B promise for state election

Nov 25, 2014

The Greens Save TAFE campaign November 2014 (PDF version)

The Greens have announced their moves to limit the damage that the Smart and Skilled training market will do to TAFE.

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2014/2015 Christmas closedown

Nov 24, 2014

The NSW Government has released advice regarding the 2014/2015 Christmas closedown.

Public Sector Agencies will closedown from Monday 22 December 2014 until Friday 2 January 2015 inclusive.

Can I be directed to take recreation leave because of the Christmas closedown?

Just because your office may be closed does not mean you can be directed to take recreation leave to cover the closedown period.

You cannot be directed to take recreation leave if you have accrued less than six weeks recreation leave. The choice to take leave is yours.

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2014/2015 Christmas closedown – TAFE

Nov 24, 2014

The NSW Government has released advice regarding the 2014/2015 Christmas closedown.

Public Sector Agencies, including TAFE, will close down from Monday 22 December 2014 until Friday 2 January 2015 inclusive. Most Institutes will close down over this period.

Can I be directed to take annual leave because of the Christmas closedown?

Just because your college or office is closing down does not mean you can be directed to take annual leave to cover the closedown period.

You cannot be directed to take annual leave if you have accrued less than 40 days annual leave. The choice to take leave is yours.

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Elderly, disabled fear decline in care standards due to privatisation – The Illawarra Mercury

Nov 21, 2014

“Are the hard cases the ones which are going to be thrown on the scrap heap? Who will provide the safety net if not the government?”

Read the article HERE.

First graduate of work skills program developed by TAFE and AFFORD – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 19, 2014

Just one example of the many ways TAFE is transforming people’s lives for the better.

Read the Herald article HERE.

Elderly fear services will be denied under home care privatisation -The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 18, 2014

Elderly people receiving home care services from the NSW government are concerned they will be denied basic assistance under the transfer of the scheme to the private sector.

Read the Herald article HERE.

ABC TV ADHC Rally coverage 13 November 2014

Nov 18, 2014

Greens bill to save TAFE defeated by Baird Government

Greens bill to save TAFE defeated by Baird November 2014 (PDF version)

The Greens’ bid to bring TAFE back from the brink in NSW has been blocked by a coalition of MPs hell-bent on handing over public money to private for-profit training providers at the public provider’s expense.

Read the media release and see who voted to save TAFE…and who didn’t

National Disability Insurance Agency ‘saves’ money by not spending – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 17, 2014

“It’s not really a saving if it means the money is not being spend on the kids who need it or it’s being spent on cheap therapy which is not effective,” – Autism Awareness Australia chief executive Nicole Rogerson

Read the Herald story HERE.

PSA protest targets plans to privatise $800m in housing for disabled – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 14, 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald has followed coverage of yesterday’s hugely successful rally with a story about the future of more than $800 million in government-owned property.

Read the Herald article HERE.

ADHC anti-privatisation rally – video

Nov 13, 2014

ADHC anti-privatisation rally Parliament House

Nov 13, 2014

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ADHC protest: Push for NSW Government to ditch privatisation plan for home care service – ABC News

Nov 13, 2014

The ABC have also covered today’s rally.

Read their story HERE.

PSA rally to protest against the privatisation of government services – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 13, 2014

Today’s rally against the privatisation of ADHC has already been covered by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the Herald article HERE.

Disabled care dilemma – Channel 10 News

Nov 13, 2014

Channel 10 News on 12 November gave excellent coverage of the issues at the heart of today’s rally against the privatisation of Ageing Disability and Home Care.

View the Channel 10 news clip HERE.

Who cares about the carers after Mike Baird’s privatisation plan? – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 13, 2014

Read the Herald article HERE.

NSW Labor caucus signs ADHC pledge en masse

Nov 11, 2014

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Secret letters reveal gap in information act – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 10, 2014

“Put simply, this means ministers and their staffers can act in bad faith, deliberately hide documents and suffer no consequences,” – Greens MP David Shoebridge

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Rationalists should stop burying their mistakes – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 10, 2014

Ross Gittins on the often scandalous history of the privatisation of government services.

Read the Herald article HERE

Attention all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members

Nov 7, 2014

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The PSA is updating its database in relation to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.

Having your name, work location, email address (home and work) and phone number (work and mobile) on file allows your union to better communicate with you.

Most importantly, we encourage you to identify as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member.

Please send these details to Daniel Willis at dwillis@psa.asn.au

Opposition leader signs ADHC pledge

Nov 6, 2014

Opposition Leader John Robertson today signed the PSA’s pledge to stop the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home care Services.

John is pictured with ADHC PSA member, Val Lehmann-Monck (left) and PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner (right).

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Staff crisis: FACS workers fear another Illawarra tragedy – The Illawarra Mercury

Nov 6, 2014

Chronic under-staffing puts vulnerable children at risk.

Thank you to the Illawarra Mercury for highlighting the concerns of Family and Community Services staff in the Illawarra.

Read the Illawarra Mercury article HERE.

Red Tape September/November 2014 Edition – out now

Nov 5, 2014

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Coniston DOCS walk out in staffing protest

Nov 5, 2014

PSA media release: Coniston DOCS workers walk out in staffing protest (PDF version)

Staff at the Coniston office of the Department of Community Services walked off the job for one hour at 12 noon today in protest at a critical lack of staffing which is leaving vulnerable children in the Illawarra at risk said the Public Service Association (PSA).

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PSA achieves major win for temporary employees

Nov 4, 2014

Today, in a major win for thousands of temporary employees in the public service, the Public Service Commissioner advised the PSA that amendments will be made to the Rules of the Government Sector Employment Act in order to streamline the conversion of existing temporary employees to permanent jobs.This decision comes after the PSA’s active campaigning to achieve security for temporary employees.

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NDIS risked by privatisation – The Newcastle Herald

Nov 4, 2014

Opinion by Kate Washington, Labor candidate for Port Stephens

“Under a NDIS, the state government cannot wash its hands of its responsibilities.  It should continue to play its role as provider of last resort and continue to ensure that quality services and proper accountability are at the heart of disability service provision.”

Read the Newcastle Herald story HERE

Video from the heart – a parent on the privatisation of ADHC

Oct 30, 2014

Candidates’ Pledge – Protect ADHC

Oct 14, 2014

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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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