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The attack members are facing – an edited version of Anne Gardiner’s Annual Conference address

Public servants, not public serfs – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 23, 2016

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald carries a page 2 story in response to a new regulation that extinguishes the right of NSW public sector workers to redundancy or severance payments in privatisations.

Read the Herald article HERE.

Regulation extinguishes redundancy in privatisation

Jun 27, 2016

To members covered by the GSE Act,

Following General Secretary, Anne Gardiner’s letter to Unions NSW, the PSA has been speaking with the media to raise awareness of the introduction of the Regulation that extinguishes the right of NSW public sector workers to redundancy or severance payments where privatisations occur.

You can read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

PSA Assistant General Secretary, Steve Turner also spoke at the Unions NSW Executive and general meeting last Thursday regarding the issue. As a result, the Unions NSW meeting resolved to call a meeting of public sector unions to campaign against this Regulation.

The PSA will seek that all legal, political and industrial avenues are pursued to overturn the Regulation.

Fears privatisation of state assets will escape scrutiny if ICAC diminished – Sydney Morning Herald

Jobs cuts at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will mean less scrutiny of the Baird Government and a further reduction in transparency.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

 

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RETURN TO WORK INQUIRY

Jul 22, 2016

The Law & Justice Committee is commencing a review of workers compensation laws in NSW Parliament in August 2016.

In the lead up to this review and to highlight the problems with the return to work system, Unions NSW is conducting a Return to Work Inquiry.

Unions NSW will visit 10 locations around the state to collect further stories from injured workers face-to-face.

See hearing dates HERE.

Or register your interest in telling your story to the Inquiry HERE.

Red Tape May – July 2016 edition out now

Jul 22, 2016

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ADHC members march against privatisation of services – The Daily Telegraph

Jul 18, 2016

The march by ADHC members to Mike Baird’s office in Manly was a huge success.

Read the Daily Telegraph article HERE.

Think twice before throwing open the government coffers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jul 18, 2016

The pitfalls and black holes of privatisation. Gittins nails it. Again.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

TAFE restructure means voluntary redundancies in Wagga – The Daily Advertiser

Jul 18, 2016

“Once-in-a-generation” TAFE reforms to be felt for generations as cuts will bite deep in regional areas such as the Riverina Institute.

Read The Daily Advertiser article HERE.

Back-office jobs, TAFE campuses to go in major restructure – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jul 14, 2016

The slash and burn of the state’s world class vocational training provider continues with further job losses.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

College CEO transferred $22m to family account, court told – Sydney Morning Herald

Jul 14, 2016

Just a day after massive job cuts were announced in TAFE comes yet another reminder of just how smart and skilled the Baird Government’s vocational training agenda really is.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

PSA Fees

Jul 13, 2016

1 July 2016 – 30 June 2017

A table showing the PSA’s new fees can be viewed HERE.

PSA submission to Inquiry into the NSW Child Protection system

Jul 12, 2016

The PSA has made a submission on behalf of Community Services members to the NSW Legislative Council (Upper House) Inquiry into the NSW child protection system.

You can read the full submission HERE.

Billboards raise the profile of Prison Officers

Jul 12, 2016

Two billboards go up this week to raise the profile of Prison Officers and the important work they do.

The billboards will be on the M4 Parramatta (inbound) and Dubbo South (Wongarbon) on the Mitchell Highway. They will be up for four weeks.

You can view an image of the billboards HERE.

Read the Sunday Telegraph article HERE.

PSA Annual Women’s Conference 2016

Jul 8, 2016

This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, and Wednesday, 13-14 September 2016 at PSA House, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney.

The 2016 theme is: ‘Connecting the generations’

To register, please complete the application form HERE.

Registrations close 15 August 2016.

Cost of study commissioned by TAFE to stay hidden – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jul 8, 2016

Here’s a surprise: TAFE has refused to make public the cost of the report by the Boston Consulting Group which called for a disastrous overhaul of the world class vocational training provider.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

A workforce crisis is looming in Sydney’s Inner West with the privatisation of ADHC.

Jul 5, 2016

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Tax statements

Jul 4, 2016

PSA tax statements are now available on-line.

Click HERE to create a log-in and download your tax information.

For any enquiries, please email PSA Membership on memberpayment@psa.asn.au

Letter to the Editor – The Sunday Telegraph

Jul 4, 2016

The men and women who proudly make up the ranks of the state’s Prison Officers are anything but “…old fat white guys…” or tired characterisations from B grade television programs (No bars to new breed of jailer – Sunday Telegraph 26 June 2016).

Hidden behind walls and security fencing, out of sight and out of mind of the general public, these people are quiet professionals who are skilled in a wide variety of disciplines including education, rehabilitation and training.

They are also police, paramedics, and firefighters and much more often all in a single shift.

On a daily basis, Correctional Officers quite literally face what the rest of the community fears.

These considerable and often very difficult responsibilities are handled with dignity and respect at all times.

The growing prison population in NSW has been placing the corrections system under enormous stress.

I am proud to say that the efforts of the Public Service Association have been a direct driving factor in the reopening of facilities such as Kirkconnell and Grafton in an attempt to deal with these ballooning inmate numbers.

Overcrowding creates a pressure cooker situation where tensions among inmates are easily inflamed and escalate rapidly creating situations in which Correctional Officers are the first respondents.

To further exacerbate this, Correctional Officer to inmate ratios have been slashed to dangerously low levels additionally heightening the ever-present risk of violence by frustrated prisoners.

My union has been battling the State Government for the past four years in an attempt to overturn changes to workers compensation laws which stripped these workers of adequate compensation and care when they are injured at work.

And serious injuries are sadly a common occurrence.

Their working environment is by far the most violent anywhere in the country.

There are not too many workplaces on the planet where the riot squad is placed on stand-by when a smoking ban is introduced.

Correctional staff perform a vital community service in the true sense of the term, one that impacts directly on society and they deserve our gratitude rather than scorn and cheap shots.

Steve Turner
Acting General Secretary
Public Service Association of NSW

LPI workers strike over privatisation

Jul 1, 2016

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.

Land and Property data sale must be referred to ICAC

Jun 29, 2016

Land and Property stop work – 30 June 2016 (PDF version)

PSA media release

The proposed sale of the Titling and Registry wing of the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) must be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) says the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union’s demand follows revelations electronic conveyancing will soon be mandatory for all future property transactions through PEXA (Property Exchange Australia Ltd) where the NSW Government and the four major banks are among the key stakeholders.

LPI is a Government business enterprise within the Department of Finance Services and Innovation.

The Titling and Registry component – which generates up to $70 million annually for NSW – is to be fully privatised.

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‘Crude outsourcing’: Baird government’s privatisation plans – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 27, 2016

The Baird Government is about to step up its “crude” privatisations efforts and even one of the strongest advocates of outsourcing is concerned.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Legislative Council announces inquiry into Powerhouse Museum move – Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 24, 2016

An Upper House inquiry will now have a say in the future location of the Powerhouse Museum.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Public servants, not public serfs – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 23, 2016

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald has a page 2 story in response to a new regulation that extinguishes the right of NSW public sector workers to redundancy or severance payments in privatisations.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

NSW Budget 2016: Winners & Losers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 21, 2016

The budget’s winners and losers according to the Sydney Morning Herald with the loser list likely to expand when the dust settles. Good for opera lovers though.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald HERE.

Budget must restore ICAC funding to stop privatisation corruption

Jun 20, 2016

PSA media release

Tuesday’s State Budget must restore funding to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to maintain scrutiny of Government and the mass privatisation of public services says the Public Service Association (PSA).

Read more.

LPI members protest in front of Channel 7 building

Jun 9, 2016

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Sydney Morning Herald editorial nails it regarding ICAC cuts – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 8, 2016

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has become a crucial insurance policy against efforts by the rich and powerful to rort our democracy, public contracts and the decisions of public officials. Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Fee rise for new property owners ahead of land titles office privatisation – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 6, 2016

The sale of the Land and Property Information Service will mean a 25 percent increase in the cost of property registrations. Brought to you by the Baird Government.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

NSW corruption watchdog forced to fire staff following State Government funding cut – ABC News

Jun 6, 2016

Open slather for corruption with jobs cuts at Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

Read the ABC News article HERE

Fears privatisation of state assets will escape scrutiny if ICAC diminished – Sydney Morning Herald

Jun 6, 2016

Jobs cuts at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will mean less scrutiny of the Baird Government and a further reduction in transparency.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

May Day Celebrations

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Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner, General Secretary Anne Gardiner and school admin manager Mary Court were among the marchers at the 2016 May Day parade.

At the family fun day that followed the march, staff and members at a PSA stall highlighted the threat to public services from the State Government’s privatisation agenda.

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PSA responds to job cuts speech

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.

 

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