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Do you believe the NSW Government should retain a role in ageing, disability & home care services?


Thursday 13 November
 12 midday,
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Help us keep track of turn out for the day and RSVP HERE.



Who has signed our pledge against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care?

John Kaye, Greens
Kate Washington, Labor candidate for Port Stephens
Milton Caine, Christian Democratic candidate for Newcastle
Clayton Barr, Labor member for Cessnock


The Government Sector Employment Act

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

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Government responds to Inquiry into allegations of bullying in WorkCover

Oct 20, 2014

The government has responded to the Inquiry into allegations of bullying in WorkCover.

Read the Minister’s response HERE.

BBQ at Stockton Centre on 16 October

Oct 17, 2014

Even more signatures were added to the petition against the privatisation of ADHC and flyers for the rally on 13 November distributed.

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Insecure employment arrangements

Oct 17, 2014

From 24 February 2015, Departments are expected to be compliant with the new temporary employment provisions of the Government Sector Employment Act.

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Hey Hockey, hands off Medicare

Oct 17, 2014


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Home Care privatisation: Sale to hit Hunter workers – The Newcastle Herald

Oct 17, 2014

Hundreds of workers in the Hunter region will be affected by the State Government’s privatisation of Home Care.

Read the article HERE.

Charges laid over jail riot, brave prison officers commended – The Daily Telegraph

Oct 17, 2014

“I am acknowledging the fine work of all staff involved in managing the incident with official Commissioner’s Commendations.” Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin.

Read the whole story HERE.

WorkCover bullying: Wayne Butler receives belated apology – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 17, 2014

WorkCover NSW has issued an unconditional apology to PSA member Wayne Butler.

Read the full story HERE.

PSA fights TAFE course fee rises – St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

Oct 15, 2014

The St George & Sutherland Shire Leader have highlighted the PSA’s concerns about the attack on TAFE.

Read the full story HERE.

Home Care privatisation & the indigenous community – The Wire

Oct 14, 2014

PSA Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mal Cochrane speaks to the Wire about the implications for the aboriginal community of the privatisation of Home Care.

Cochrane interview on The Wire 13 October 2014 (MP3)

Penrith Valley Community Forum 28 October

Oct 14, 2014

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Candidates’ Pledge – Protect ADHC

Oct 14, 2014

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ADHC anti-privatisation rally 13 November Parliament House

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Privatisation of State Fleet rolling

Oct 10, 2014

Even when a Government department is making a profit for the people of NSW, this Government wants to privatise it.

Read the letter to the Minister from PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner HERE.

New push to give casual workers the right to permanent work – ACTU

Oct 7, 2014

ACTU MEDIA RELEASE: Casuals Award Claim (PDF)

Unions are pushing to give more than two million casual workers in Australia the right to become permanent employees.

In making the announcement on World Day for Decent Work, ACTU President Ged Kearney said it was unfair that many casuals work regular shifts and rosters but miss out on important entitlements like sick leave and annual leave.

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People Matter – agency reports

Oct 7, 2014

The agency level reports from the People Matter Survey are available HERE

Home Care membership on the rise

Oct 2, 2014

A Home Care office in the Illawarra has recently seen a 50% increase in PSA membership.

This is in no small part due to the great work of active members.

These members and delegates have been visiting the worksite to update staff on the progress of the campaign to stop the privatisation of AHDC.

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TAFE Cuts – Community forum

Oct 2, 2014

The Shire Community Union Alliance is holding a TAFE Cuts forum on Tuesday 28 October at Gymea Tradies at 6pm for 6.30pm.

Guest speakers are:

  • Mark Lennon, Unions NSW Secretary
  • Steve Turner, PSA Assistant General Secretary
  • Maxine Sharkey, NSW Teachers Federation Assistant Secretary

Mehreen Faruqi’s address to 2014 Women’s Conference

Oct 1, 2014

For an edited version of Mehreen’s speech on Women and Climate Change click HERE

FWC confirms state employees excluded from bullying jurisdiction – Workplace Express

Oct 1, 2014

The Fair Work Commission has reiterated that it has no jurisdiction over bullying claims by employees of State Government schools.

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Petition count against ADHC privatisation now more than 20,000

Sep 29, 2014

Keep them coming.

Download and print a copy of the Disability and Home Care Petition now (PDF) 

Let Tony Abbott know you won’t be silenced on workers’ rights

Sep 26, 2014

Tony Abbott’s unfair changes to workplace laws are likely to come before the Federal Senate on Monday. So far close to 20,000 people right across Australia have emailed or called Cross-Bench Senators asking them to vote NO.

With one week to go the Senators are turning their minds to how they will vote. This makes every letter, email and phone call even more crucial.

President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Ged Kearney, has recorded a great one minute rundown of exactly why the laws are terrible and how we can stop them. The wider we can spread this message–and the more people that take action–the more chance that we have of securing crucial votes like Senator Lambie and the other Palmer Senators.

Click here, watch the video and call a cross-bench Senator.

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Leaders Listen on the Central Coast

Sep 25, 2014

The Central Coast Community Union Alliance held a Q & A forum on 24 September called Leaders Listen.

Guest included the Green’s John Kaye and Opposition Leader John Robertson.

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Click HERE for photos from the event

Consultation on proposed Shared and Corporate Services Reform Agenda

Sep 25, 2014

On 19 September, PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner wrote to NSW Industrial Relations raising the need for proper consultation before decisions are made on the Corporate Services Reform Agenda.

Read the letter HERE.

If members wish to raise specific concerns about the Shared Corporate and Services Reform Agenda please email research@psa.asn.au

National Parks Rangers deserve better

Sep 24, 2014

Letter to SMH – National Parks Rangers deserve better – 24 September 2014 (PDF version)

The remark by Robert Brown of the Shooters Party (“$7150 for each animal killed in hunting trial”, September 24) likening National Parks rangers to “toilet cleaners” is ignorant in the extreme. This type of attitude is deeply troubling as it feeds directly into the same broad disrespect for public servants we saw following the shooting of Glen Turner and the subsequent appalling political posturing.

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Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training

Sep 24, 2014

Unions NSW will be conducting the following Health and Safety Representative Training Course (5 days) from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Unions NSW Training Rooms, Ground Floor, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney.

  • Monday 10 November , Tuesday 11 November, Wednesday 12 November; and
    Monday 24 November and Tuesday 25 November

This course enables elected HSRs to exercise the full rights under the WHS Act 2011.

Cost is $800 (inclusive of GST) to be paid by the employer.

A discount may apply for group bookings or trade union staff HSRs

To make a booking, please fill in this form and email to: whs@unionsnsw.org.au

Home Care sell-off adds to mass privatisation toll

Sep 23, 2014

PSA Media Release – Home Care sell-off adds to mass privatisation toll (PDF version)

The Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, John Ajaka, has announced that the Home Care Service of NSW is transitioning to the non-government sector as part of the NDIS, expanding the scope of the largest ever sell-off of government services in this state, said the Public Service Association (PSA).

Home Care provides vital services to the community such as personal care, domestic assistance, respite (support for carers) and social support (for Aboriginal Home Care) to younger clients with a disability as well as aged clients.

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Riot at Goulburn prison highlights need for proper workers comp

Sep 22, 2014

PSA Media Release Goulburn riot 22 September 2014 (PDF version)

The riot at the maximum security Goulburn Prison over the weekend highlighted the need for proper workers compensation for the state’s Prison Officers said the Public Service Association (PSA).

While no officers were injured in the disturbance which involved approximately 30 inmates, injuries to Prison Officers are common in overcrowded prisons such as Goulburn.

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Illawarra disability workers fight privatisation plans

Sep 22, 2014

Red Tape May/August 2014 Edition

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Sign our petition & help stop the privatisation of NSW

While the PSA strongly supports the principles behind the NDIS, the total privatisation of ADHC will dramatically undermine choice and the provision of quality services for clients.

The implementation of the NDIS will be far more effective if the Government retains a key role in delivering this vital human service.

To make matters worse, the Government so far has failed to make a commitment to protect the job security, conditions, entitlements and pay 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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