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doorknocking campaign

In the lead up to the NSW election on 28 March PSA members are taking their first hand experiences of the Baird Government’s privatisation and service cut agenda to the doorsteps of voters.

If you would like to know more or participate in our doorknocking campaign click HERE


Latest News

Workplace relations study shows no need for Abbott’s Productivity Commission inquiry – ACTU

Jan 30, 2015

ACTU Media Release – no need for FWC study (PDF version)

A new report by the Fair Work Commission shows there is no evidence to support the need for a Productivity Commission inquiry into workplace relations.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the study provides hard evidence that claims by the Abbott government and employers about high wages and low productivity are simply not true.

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Jan 27, 2015


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Jan 23, 2015

Workplace law Inquiry another attack on rights at work – ACTU

ACTU media release – PC inquiry (PDF version)

ACTU President Ged Kearney said there is no doubt the Abbott Government initiated the inquiry as a tool to pursue its obsession with workplace relations and issues like penalty rates and individual contracts.

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Productivity Commission Workplace Relations Inquiry Issues Papers

Jan 23, 2015

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2015 Health and Safety Representative Training for Elected HSRs

Jan 23, 2015

Unions NSW is a WorkCover approved HSR trainer and will be conducting 5 day Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training for elected HSRs in 2015.

All training days will be conducted in Training Room 1, Ground floor, Labor Council Building,  377 Sussex Street, Sydney 2000 (City) or Whitlam Plaza, Unions NSW Parramatta Office unless indicated regional.

For further information please contact Shay Deguara on 9881 5908.

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Telstra introduces domestic violence leave – The Financial Review

Jan 14, 2015

Domestic violence leave, pioneered by the PSA, is being adopted by major corporations such as Telstra.

Read The Finanical Review HERE

Port Botany fire ant baiting to continue – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 14, 2015

In an effort to halt the march of imported red fire ants at Port Botany, the NSW Department of Primary Industries ant surveillance operation has swung into action.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

TAFE NSW back-pedals over $2200 fee for disabled student – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 13, 2015

With the fees for many courses set to skyrocket this year under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled scheme, TAFE NSW has been forced into an embarrassing backdown after demanding a student with disabilities pay $2200 to continue to undertake a course that had been free of charge.

NSW courts security is left to chance: Only 25 sheriff replacements introduced – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 13, 2015

The Public Service Association said that in place of the 80 sheriffs who had left the job in the last three years, only 25 replacements had been introduced.

Read The Daily Telegraph article HERE

Courts are exposed to violent attacks: Magistrates at risk – the Daily Telegraph

Jan 12, 2015

The Daily Telegraph has reported that sheriff numbers have been cut back in a number of courts in regional areas, posing a security risk.

Read the whole article HERE

Unions take to grassroots to fight Baird’s privatisation plans – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 12, 2015

“This will be a watershed election in NSW. It will be about whether we are going to accept as a community that the government’s role is simply to allow more and more of the private sector to provide public services, or are we going to make a stand, and say ‘no’,” – Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Bring our workers home

Jan 12, 2015

Liberal/National Governments across the country are attempting to undermine the work health and safety protections of workers.

The proposed cuts include deleting or amending the WHS Regulations.

For more information and to sign the Unions NSW petition click HERE

New patients at Stockton Centre – Newcastle Herald

Jan 9, 2015

High level needs clients have been quietly moved to Stockton despite its planned closure highlighting the need for a provider of last resort when the NSW Government washes its hands of disability services.

Read the Newcastle Herald story HERE

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner 2GB interview about prison overcrowding

Jan 8, 2015

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner 2GB interview about prison overcrowding Jan 2015 (MP3)

The Daily Telegraph editorial: Cheap jail plan puts law-abiding at risk

Jan 8, 2015

Read The Daily Telegraph editorial HERE

Prison closures to put NSW inmates in demountable buildings – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 8, 2015

“There is little or no capacity within the system to house any additional inmates who may be detained in custody following the new bail laws,” PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner.

Read The Daily Telegraph article HERE

Employers step up efforts to get rid of penalty rates – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 6, 2015

ACTU president Ged Kearney says the push by business for weekends to have the same value for workers as weekdays is “nonsense”.

Read The Sydney Morning Herald article HERE

Qld chief justice criticises ‘often poor’ court transcriptions since outsourcing – The Guardian

Jan 6, 2015

‘Sometimes matters are transcribed incorrectly or not at all’ – Tim Carmody, Queensland’s chief justice.

Read The Guardian story HERE

‘National security risk’ from legal cuts – Sun Herald

Jan 5, 2015

Cuts to Legal Aid funding will not only impact upon some of the most disadvantaged in our society but also, it is claimed, national security.

Read the Sun Herald article HERE

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