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Baird Govt has no industry support for privatisation of land titles registry – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 1, 2016

The PSA demands the LPI sale be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in the Sydney Morning Herald. The story includes a photo of rallying LPI members.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

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Dec 1, 2016

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little has written to Premier Mike Baird seeking his support for the inclusion of ten days paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards.

You can read the letter HERE.

Baird government replaces local employees with 457 visa workers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 1, 2016

“Is this the way forward for Disability Services? High needs specialised care dumped in favour of a temporary imported workforce?” asks PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Union calls for inquiry into 457 jobs rort by Baird Government

Nov 30, 2016

PSA Media release:

There must be an immediate inquiry into the Baird Government contracting out vital public services replacing full time local jobs with overseas workers on 457 ‘temporary’ visas said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said the Baird Government has 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.

Worse, Minister Perrottet stated ambiguously in an Estimates Committee hearing in August that the 32 workers “will continue in the role.”

The PSA fears this is the start of a new downward spiral in employment that will flow through to the soon to be privatised disability sector and other outsourced areas.

Read the full media release HERE.

Baird’s failed privatised child protection a “priority”

Nov 30, 2016

PSA Media release:

Premier Mike Baird has officially declared propping up the failed privatised child protection system remains a priority for his Government said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The announcement was made as part of the “Premier’s Priorities Update” – listing 12 areas of Government focus.

Tragically, “Protecting our kids” came in at Number 7.

“Despite tragic evidence to the contrary, the Baird Government has prioritised persisting with the failed experiment of outsourcing child protection, yet expects the outcome to somehow miraculously change,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

Read the full media release HERE.

Latham pushed out of ICAC to curb investigations of Government

Nov 23, 2016

PSA Media release:

The resignation of Megan Latham is the ultimate prize for the Baird Government in its quest to keep its dealings out of the public eye said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“The resignation of Megan Latham is the scalp the Baird Government have been seeking as part of its push to curb the capacity of the ICAC to investigate the Government, its dealings and business associations,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Homes adjacent to National Parks at risk due to Regional Manager cuts – WIN News

Nov 23, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on WIN News warning how cuts to the number of National Parks regional managers is putting our state at risk this bushfire season.

National Parks’ firefighting expertise up in smoke, union warns – Illawarra Mercury

Nov 23, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little remains on the front lines regarding serious concerns about cuts to Regional Managers in National Parks.

Read the Illawarra Mercury article HERE.

‘Just irresponsible’: Govt sacks senior fire managers as season ramps up – Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 22, 2016

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little goes on the front foot about the fiery impact of cuts to Regional Managers in National Parks.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

National Park firefighting plans up in smoke in summer heat

Nov 21, 2016

PSA Media release:

Large areas of the state will be left exposed to bushfires at the peak of summer due to a restructure of National Park operations by the Office of Environment & Heritage said the Public Service Association (PSA).

National Park regions were reduced from 14 down to eight.

All Regional Managers, critical in fire management and hazard-reduction burns, were required to apply for their positions in the shakeup.

A large number were unsuccessful which will see up to 300 years of expertise walk out of NSW National Parks by Christmas.

Read the full media release HERE.

‘Significant breakdowns’ mar NSW shared services outsourcing – ITNews

Nov 16, 2016

Why can’t people just leave things alone? It WAS working….

Read the full ITNews article HERE.

Four Corners exposes critical need for Government child protection services

Nov 15, 2016

PSA Media release:

The ABC’s Four Corners ‘Broken Homes’ investigation has tragically reinforced what the Public Service Association (PSA) has been red flagging for years: the critical need for Government operated child protection services rather than for-profit care.

“What does it say about a Government – and a society – when the care and protection of desperate vulnerable children is used to make a dollar?” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

Read the full media release HERE.

Video: the Privatisation Zombie

Nov 14, 2016

This video by Canada’s National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) nails the case against the privatisation of public services.

Land and Property privatisation errors spell a disaster for the bush

Nov 10, 2016

PSA Media release:

The issuing of incorrect certificates by the Central Register of Restrictions (CRR) Unit of the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) regarding more than 200 properties in Sydney could be just the tip of the iceberg in regional NSW said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said a contributing factor to the errors was critical staff cutbacks along with many experts normally involved in maintaining the register of properties potentially impacted by Government infrastructure instead working on the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI.

Once the Titling and Registry is sold, there will be no conversation between the new entity and what remains within LPI – critical checks and balances that have been keeping the system running effectively will be a thing of the past.

Read the full media release HERE.

Barrett must oppose privatisation of critical regional disability services

Nov 10, 2016

PSA Media release:

National Party candidate Scott Barrett must publicly oppose the Baird Government’s plans to privatise disability services and take a stand on behalf of the most vulnerable in the region said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The Baird Government are privatising the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to make way for the NDIS knowing current services will not continue.

In regional NSW, where existing services are already stretched, the move will be a social disaster.

Read the full media release HERE.

Orange to economic lemon if Rec Centre sold off

Nov 7, 2016

PSA Media release:

National Party candidate Scott Barrett should publicly oppose the Baird Government’s plans to privatise the Sport and Recreation centre; a plan which will bite deeply into the region around Orange says the Public Service Association (PSA).

According to the PSA, Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Camp, outside Stuart Town, spends about $100,000 a month in the communities of Orange, Wellington and Dubbo, which supply the facility with food and services.

“The privatisation plan would hit the business communities of Central West centres like Orange very hard,” said PSA General Secretary Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little addresses workers’ comp rally in Sydney 4 November 2016

Nov 4, 2016

Staff shortages ’cause of delays’ – Daily Telegraph

Nov 4, 2016

New PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright goes to bat for members at the Community Services helpline in today’s Telegraph.

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Land & Property Information errors due to privatisation process

Nov 4, 2016

PSA Media release:

The issuing of incorrect certificates by the Land and Property Information Service regarding the impact of infrastructure projects on more than 200 properties was due to the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said a contributing factor to the errors was staff cutbacks with many experts normally involved in these duties instead working on the preparatory process for the privatisation of the Registry.

The PSA said these errors would never come to light in a privatised organisation.

Read the full media release HERE.

Prison Officers, Juvenile Justice workers and bushfire fighting staff deserve better workers comp

Nov 4, 2016

PSA Media release:

Prison Officers, Juvenile Justice workers, bushfire fighting and other Government employees involved in dangerous occupations deserve better workers compensation said the Public Service Association (PSA).

On day one of a Parliamentary Inquiry by the Law and Justice Committee of the NSW Legislative Council into the savage 2012 workers compensation reforms, the union believes that many other categories of emergency service employees should have been afforded the same exemptions to the 2012 changes as police.

“For some reason, it appears there are different classes of emergency workers when it comes to workers compensation,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Minister disconnected from real Community Services helpline problems

Nov 4, 2016

PSA Media release:

Media reports that a police officer attempting to report a case of child abuse to Community Services was placed on hold for 12 hours by the Department’s Helpline come as no surprise said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union has repeatedly raised concerns regarding work overload and staffing issues with the Department and met with FACS Secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter as recently as mid September 2016 about these matters.

Minister Brad Hazzard however appears to blame Helpline staff and is using his Government’s underresourcing of the service to justify radical plans to decentralise it.

Read the full media release HERE.

Bungle due to haste to privatise Land and Property Unit, say former staff – Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 3, 2016

This is what happens when expert staff are cut while others are diverted to duties to assist with privatisation.

“Once the service is privatised, there will be no regulation and no accountability, only a profit motive,” said new PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald story HERE.

Lake Keepit privatisation could hit Tamworth, Gunnedah businesses hard – Northern Daily Leader

Nov 1, 2016

The local community and economy in the Tamworth region is set to be hit hard by the privatisation of the ironically named Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre.

Read the full The Northern Daily Leader article HERE.

Baird government bungle exposes home buyers to road corridors – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 1, 2016

A contributing factor to the errors was staff cutbacks and many people normally involved in these duties instead working on the preparatory process for the privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI. Irony?

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

From new PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little

Nov 1, 2016

On Friday 28 October, I commenced duties as the new General Secretary of the PSA.

I would like to thank all those who supported me over the last few years and everyone who worked so tirelessly during the PSA election on behalf of myself and my leadership team.

I extend my warm congratulations to new Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright and new President, Kylie McKelvie along with Senior Vice President, Nicole Jess and Vice Presidents, Wendy Hurry and Ray Wilton.

I welcome also the new members of the PSA’s Central Council.

In my duties over the next four years I will be drawing on my experiences at the former Metal Workers Union, Parliament House – where I was a PSA delegate – and the number of years I served as a Senior Industrial Officer at the PSA.

I wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of many staff at the Association, however, the last four years saw a number of missed opportunities for the union.

The introduction of the GSE Act should have been vigorously opposed rather than virtually waved through.

Likewise, a new Regulation under the GSE Act which strips redundancy rights from employees involved in privatisations.

With my recent experience as a carer with ADHC, I will be ensuring that the PSA combats the privatisation of disability services with a fresh campaign.

It was the new Assistant General Secretary, former Probation and Parole member, Troy Wright who earlier this year as CPSU Industrial Officer lead the successful court case that won the PSA the right to follow Home Care workers into the private sector. We intend to pursue a similar strategy for other members who may otherwise be lost through privatisation or outsourcing.

The new President, Kylie McKelvie and Senior Vice President, Nicole Jess will similarly use their personal experience working in Corrective Services to reinvigorate our fight on behalf of those members.

I also intend for the union to step up its efforts in a range of other areas including the fight for proper leave provisions for those impacted by domestic violence.

I am committed to restoring the status of Women’s Council in recognition of the specific challenges our female membership face, and ensuring our members in regional and rural NSW receive locally-based industrial support.

To undertake these tasks effectively, my leadership team will reboot the business of the PSA to act on the concerns of delegates as outlined in the election campaign.

This will involve reshaping and realigning the internal structure of the PSA which will be undertaken in full and open consultation with staff and the respective unions.

We will also make the most of our most valuable resource: delegates.

I want PSA members to be proud of their union, to know that the PSA is their insurance policy in the workplace.

Most of all, I want the PSA to retake its rightful position as one of the key unions in NSW.

To that end, please join my team and I in making your union a real force to be reckoned with once again.

Stewart Little
General Secretary

 

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