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

Response to questions from members which were sent by SMS or Twitter during Annual Conference

 To read the responses click HERE.

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.

To all members covered by the GSE Act

A Regulation under the Government Sector Employment Act (GSE) was passed on Friday, 17 June 2016.

This Regulation was introduced without consultation or notice to any public sector union.

It extinguishes the right of NSW public sector workers to be entitled to redundancy or severance payments where privatisations occur and so called “comparable employment” is available.

You can view The Regulation HERE.

A letter was sent today to the Secretary of Unions NSW from the PSA General Secretary, calling for an urgent meeting of all public sector unions.

You can view that letter HERE.

The PSA is currently alerting cross bench politicians to this Regulation and will be lobbying them for support of a disallowance motion.

The PSA will be fighting the introduction of this appalling Regulation.

Members will be consulted before final action is determined.

Anne Gardiner
PSA General Secretary

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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NSW Legislative Council announces inquiry into Powerhouse Museum move – The 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.

PSA Annual Women’s Conference 2016

Jun 20, 2016

The 2016 theme, is:

‘Connecting the generations’

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

Registrations close
15 August 2016

Further information will soon be available.

Pillar Your Vote Flyer – June 2016

Jun 17, 2016

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CPSU SPSF NSW Branch – New ballot material and extension of closing date to 6 July 2016

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) have advised that they have made an error in relation to the CPSU SPSF NSW branch election material. The AEC has decided to send new ballot papers to members.

Those who have already voted will need to vote again when they receive their new ballot papers later this week.

You can read the letter from the Returning Officer HERE.

The closing date will now be extended to 6 July 2016.

POA (Professional Officers Association) members’ original ballot is still valid and their closing date remains 22 June.

For all other members, please note, if you have voted, YOU WILL NEED TO VOTE AGAIN once you receive the new ballot papers and associated material.

Read more

Land & Property Information Stop Work Rally

Jun 9, 2016

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Photo: Steve Turner Assistant General Secretary addressing members at the LPI Stop Work meeting today.

LPI members protest in front of Channel 7 building

Jun 9, 2016

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Photo: LPI members take their sell off protest direct to Channel 7 in Sydney.

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

The private sector is no replacement for TAFE – Newcastle Herald

Jun 1, 2016

TAFE’s death by a thousand cuts is being deeply felt in regional NSW.

Read the Newcastle Herald article HERE

Fight for a better future

May 31, 2016

Big business has released their plan for a returned Liberal Government and it represents a huge attack on working families.

They are demanding the Liberals:

  • Bring back individual agreements – WorkChoices 2.0
  • Slash our rights at work
  • Cut corporate taxes
  • Privatise public services like Medicare

While big business might have large pockets – the union movement has much deeper concerns such fighting for a better future with decent rights at work, multinationals paying a fair share of tax, a strong public Medicare and properly funded schools.

As part of the campaign to support these issues, Australian Unions are conducting door knocks.

Join in and also have a conversation with the community about the importance of public services.

SIGN UP HERE

Alternatively, you may wish to make a donation to the campaign HERE.

How not to reduce government spending – The Sydney Morning Herald

May 30, 2016

Australia’s best economics writer, Ross Gittins, on why governments need to think beyond typical ‘slash-and-burn’ theories when controlling spending.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

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Star Casino at ‘major risk’ from organised crime after gaming inspector exodus – ABC News

May 25, 2016

PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner highlights concerns about the loss of specialised casino inspectors.

Read the ABC story HERE.

Reckless ideology with property data privatisation

May 24, 2016
PSA media release

Government coffers will be stripped of $100 million a year by the Baird Government’s sell off of the titling and registry of the Land and Property Information (LPI) Service, the Public Service Association (PSA) says.

Read more HERE.

ADHC members march to Industrial Relations Commission

May 16, 2016

ADHC members marched to the Industrial Relations Commission this morning to take a stand with PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner to protest against FACS refusing to talk about their transfer package.

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No hard figures on the number of Pillar jobs to stay – Illawarra Mercury

May 15, 2016

The NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian has guaranteed some jobs at superannuation firm Pillar will stay in the Illawarra – but she declined to say how many.

Read more HERE.

May Day Celebrations

May 2, 2016

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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.

GetUp, follow the money

May 2, 2016

A report by lobby group GetUp has exposed the loopholes used by corporate tax dodgers.

Closing the Caribbean Connection found:

  • Australia lost $5.37 billion to corporate tax dodging from just 76 foreign multinationals in 2013 and 2014
  • these billionaire corporations pay a lower effective tax rate than your average nurse
  • big pharmaceutical corporations paid the lowest effective tax rate at just 5.7 percent, compared to 7.5 percent for high-tech corporations and 20 percent for energy corporations
  • there are two major loopholes that are being exploited by multinational corporations: Debt Loading and Profit Alienation, and effective policy solutions to both of these loopholes have recently been implemented in Hong Kong and Britain.

To view the report and download an email template to contact your MP, click HERE

Mike Baird thinks he can get away with this

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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