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PSA writes to Housing minister about privatisation

Feb 21, 2017

Following the support of Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser in State Parliament opposing the outsourcing of Housing NSW, PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright has written to the Minister, Pru Goward.

You can read that letter HERE.

Need for special high risk unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice – 7 News

Feb 21, 2017

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little on 7 News about the need for a high risk management unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice.

Fundraising for Lynda Lawrie, Police radio operator

Feb 21, 2017

Lynda is suffering from terminal cancer. Her colleagues have established a ‘Go Fund Me’ page to raise money to provide facilities which will enable relatives of cancer sufferers to stay overnight at the hospital.

The fundraising page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/lyndas-thank-you-to-ward4c-nccc.

New operators for privatised disability group homes – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 21, 2017

And so it begins. From regulated expert Government care to contracts being awarded to the sole bidder “companies”.

“It’s a short-list of one, which is no short-list.” PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright told the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full Newcastle Herald article HERE.

Cut the risks – Sunday Telegraph editorial

Feb 20, 2017

The Sunday Telegraph backs the PSA’s push for a high risk management unit for violent young offenders in Juvenile Justice.

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Teen inmate threatens beheading – The Sunday Telegraph

Feb 20, 2017

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NSW Treasury senior executives rewarded while government cuts jobs elsewhere – Sun Herald

Feb 20, 2017

Privatise everything and get the big bucks.

“The Treasury is handing these lucrative agencies to their friends in the big end of town, and they’ll pay for that at the ballot box,” PSA General Secretary Stewart Little told the Sun Herald.

Read the full Sun Herald article HERE.

Housing NSW sell off on Mid North Coast due to efficiency says local MP

Feb 17, 2017

The National’s  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser had been silent in relation to the mid North Coast being hit with a quarter of the job cuts in Housing NSW across the state.

That was until the PSA called him out. Fraser told local media essentially that the efficiency of Housing NSW in his area made it attractive for privatisation.

You can read PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright’s letter in response HERE.

Shellharbour Hospital staff urge State Government to ‘have a heart’ – The Illawarra Mercury

Feb 15, 2017

And they stood up in the Illawarra.

Read the full Illawarra Mercury article HERE.

Disability carers across NSW on strike over privatisation plan under NDIS – The Border Mail

Feb 15, 2017

The NSW Government shall not pass with its plans to privatise public disability services. That was the message from members rallying in Albury.

Read the full The Border Mail article HERE.

Hunter service providers protest against NDIS funding ‘shortfall’ at NSW Parliament House – The Maitland Mercury

Feb 15, 2017

The NSW Government are leaving “vulnerable people more vulnerable.”

Almost 84% of the Maitland Mercury’s readers supported the strike by disability workers too.

Read the full The Maitland Mercury article HERE.

Hunter workers join Sydney disability services rally – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 15, 2017

The Newcastle Herald’s Ian Kirkwood joined the PSA bus convey from the Hunter to yesterday’s rally in Sydney.

Read the full The Newcastle Herald article HERE.

Public Service Association members protest in Tamworth over privatisation of disability sector – The Northern Daily

Feb 15, 2017
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Members in Tamworth stood up against the privatisation of disability services.

National’s MP, Kevin Anderson: “It is not fair to leave vulnerable people with reduced or non-existent care.”

What’s “not fair” Kevin is the dismantling of an entire professional sector leaving NSW as the only state in Australia with no Government safety net and throwing the care of people with disability into free fall.

Read the full The Northern Daily article HERE.

Bathurst disability services workers rally against privatisation – The Western Advocate

Feb 15, 2017

Members in Bathurst took a stand on Valentine’s Day in the fight to save public disability services.

Read the full The Western Advocate article HERE.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little addresses disability services rally in Martin Place

Feb 14, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright addresses members at PSA House

Feb 14, 2017

Privatised NSW Home Care service has big problems say clients – The Herald

Feb 13, 2017

Clients in the privatised Home Care Service in the Hunter region are far from impressed with the level and quality of care post privatisation.

The Government washing its hands and walking away from some of society’s most vulnerable was the PSA’s concern regarding Home Care and remains a great concern for disability services.

Read the full The Herald article HERE.

Land and Property Information rally and BBQ

Feb 9, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little addresses a rally outside the soon to be privatised Land and Property Information Service at Queen’s Square in Sydney.

“Everything about this sale is wrong!”

PSA Housing concerns aired on TV

Feb 8, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright was on the mid North coast on 7 February and highlighted the PSA’s concerns about the sell off of Housing NSW on Prime TV.

Not only did the member for Coffs’ Andrew Fraser respond to our concerns but said “Why its happened [the sell off of Housing NSW] is we were the most efficient area in the state and therefore more attractive for community service providers to pick up the contracts.”

Couldn’t have scripted that better ourselves.

Troy Wright also voiced the PSA’s concerns about the Housing cuts on NBN TV.

Feb 8, 2017

Claims public housing cuts will impact Coffs Coast – The Coffs Coast Advocate

Feb 7, 2017

The mid north coast will bear the brunt of plans to slash almost 200 jobs and close offices of Housing NSW PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright told the Coffs Harbour Advocate.

Read the full The Coffs Coast Advocate article HERE.

Largest privatisation in NSW history – are you next?

7 Feb, 2017

PSA takes action against disability privatisation

In 2013, the NSW Government passed legislation which allowed for the forced transfer of public servants working in Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) to a private employer.

Under the guise of implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Government intends to have ADHC fully privatised by 2018; the largest ever sell-off and-sell out of government services in this state.

Your colleagues under attack

The PSA is working with delegates in ADHC to combat the unfair and unjust transfer package, and almost useless protections unilaterally forced upon our members. We must continue to fight for the protection of jobs, pay, conditions and a government safety net for people with disability.

We believe the privatisation of all government disability services will reduce the quality and availability of care and lead to increases in cost for people in supported accommodation. It is imperative the Government remains a provider of disability services to ensure no-one is left without the care they need.

Disability workers are striking on 14 February 2017

That’s why PSA members working in disability are striking on 14 February 2017 and asking the new Premier to show some courage, have a heart and save our disability services.

Support your public sector colleagues

We are holding a rally at Parliament House on Valentine’s Day and meetings across the state. Come along and support your public sector colleagues and stand up for people with disability.

Download rally and meeting flyers HERE.

The NSW Government has not yet agreed to an employee protection package which offers staff the right to choose between staying with the public service, transferring to a private provider or taking a redundancy.

In fact, as things currently stand, a public servant could be transferred to a private provider under inferior conditions without their consent.

And you could be next.

Make sure you’re on Macquarie Street on Valentine’s Day to #keepitpublic

Do you have three minutes for Public Disability Services?

Help us say NO to the privatisation of disability services and say YES to employee rights by asking colleagues, family and friends to write to their MP through our campaign website.

To support disability workers and help our campaign, click HERE.

http://www.publicdisabilityservices.org.au/

Disability workers to strike across NSW – The Newcastle Herald

Feb 7, 2017

What will the future hold for people with disability following the full privatisation of disability services in NSW asks PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright in the Newcastle Herald ahead of the strike on 14 February.

New Disability Services Minister, Ray Williams says disability workers are “some of the most dedicated and caring people in the community”.

Of course they are. They provide an essential service. So Minister, why treat them as if they are completely disposable and dispensable?

Read the full The Herald article HERE.

More of the top news story on Sunday night with the PSA’s reaction to a tourist development at the Zoo

Feb 7, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little on 9 News slams a high end resort development at the Zoo.

Feb 6, 2017

Taronga Zoo’s plan to build luxury eco-resort slammed by council and residents – The Sun Herald

Feb 6, 2017

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“[the proposal] means directing funds away from the zoo’s core business of animal welfare and conservation and channelling it into a multimillion dollar development catering to the rich,”

PSA Assistant Secretary Troy Wright told the Sun Herald.

Read the full The Sun Herald article HERE.

PSA Rewards Program for recruiting ceased

Feb 6, 2017

The PSA Rewards Program that offered a $75 giftcard to any member who signed up a colleague on-line ceased operation on and from 31 January 2017.

In March 2016, Central Council endorsed the program for a four month trial period and it was subsequently launched at Annual Conference in May.

The scheme however was ill conceived and part of a failed effort by the previous leadership to increase the PSA’s membership.

At its meeting in December 2016, Central Council resolved to discontinue the scheme.

Fraser unphased as Coast hit hard by Housing cuts

Feb 6, 2017

PSA media release:

The mid north coast will bear the brunt of plans to slash almost 200 jobs and close offices of Housing NSW, without a word of protest from the National’s Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The effects will be felt from Woolgoolga to Port Macquarie with the region hit by 25% of the total state wide cuts.

Former Minister for Social Housing, Brad Hazzard announced in October 2016 the state will put to tender the transfer on a leasehold basis of 18,000 public housing properties, placing management in non-government /private hands.

Rather than this transfer, with associated job losses, being spread evenly aross the state, the mid north coast is one of four regions where everything will go.

“The National’s  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser has been very vocal about the importance of jobs and services in the region,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

Read the full media release HERE.

Feral pest, weed and fire management threat in National Parks overhaul – The Land

Feb 6, 2017

Cuts to Regional Manager and Ranger positions in National Parks and Wildlife puts at risk not only the safety of visitors to our parks but also the proper management of weeds, feral animals and bushfires.

Read the full The Land article HERE.

Treasury document reveals billions to be made by land title operators – Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 1, 2017

LPI is the “largest and most active land registry in Australia”….that provides “essential, monopoly services”.

Someone is set for a windfall in the booming NSW property market with sale of the Registry.

But it sure won’t be the people of NSW.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Record NSW prison population, rising assault rate, show a system ‘in a crisis’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 1, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little told the Sydney Morning Herald that overcrowding in the state’s prisons are seeing prisoners three up in cells. A recipe for disaster.

“It’s increasing the risks for [staff] at work. Assault rates have dramatically escalated, both inmate on inmate and – of particular concern to us – inmate on officer, and it’s just unacceptable.”

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Staff endangered by violent young inmates in prison population: union – Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 30, 2017

The violent pressure cooker situation inside Juvenile Justice Centres is about to blow and the PSA has had enough.

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Perrottet says land titles registry privatisation to be further discussed – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 24, 2017

Baird walks away, review of Land Titles sale?

“Surely, given the new Premier’s experience in Treasury, the implications of the LPI sale should set off alarm bells,” PSA General Secretary Stewart Little told the Herald.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Turnbull announces review into National Disability Insurance Scheme costs – Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 24, 2017

Baird walks away, Malcolm reviews NDIS. Interesting times. Just another cost-cutting exercise aimed at the most vulnerable or the sound of a door opening?

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

PSA hopes new Premier has a heart for a new start

Jan 24, 2017

PSA Media release:

The Public Service Association (PSA) congratulates Gladys Berejiklian on her elevation to the position of Premier.

It hopes the new leader’s approach of listening to the community will translate into the preservation in Government hands of quality public services for the people of NSW.

“The New Premier has stated that ‘people want to be heard’ and that it was ‘time to make sure everyone got their slice of the pie’” PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little said.

“The public needs the new Premier – unlike her predecessor – to show she has a heart in meeting its needs by supporting quality public services.”

“On that basis, a strong start for Ms Berejiklian would be to rethink the sale and total dismantling of public disability services and the sell-off of the Land Titles Registry.”

Read the full media release HERE.

Unions wary of NDIS impact on staff’s conditions and clients’ futures – Central Western Daily

Jan 23, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright again expresses major concern for the future pay and conditions of disability workers as the National Disability Insurance Agency essentially flags cheap labour as the future of care.

Read the full Central Western Daily article HERE.

Valentine’s Day Strike – 14 February 2017

Jan 20, 2017

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Corrections Day must lead to improved workers comp for Prison Officers

Jan 20, 2017

PSA media release:

The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the introduction of the inaugural Corrections Day on Friday 20 January 2017 and calls on the NSW Government to recognise Prison Officers as emergency services personnel for the purposes of workers compensation.

Read the full media release HERE.

Prison expansions to deal with overcrowding could ‘create new problems’, union warns – ABC News

Jan 19, 2017

“We’re talking about rapid-build facilities that will have 50 inmates in a dormitory…who can be classified as maximum security,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

What could possibly go wrong?

Read the full ABC News article HERE.

Prison overcrowding solution only heightens risk – ABC TV

Jan 19, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little expresses concern about proposed prison overcrowding solution.

Baird steps down leaving “for sale” sign on NSW

Jan 19, 2017
PSA media release

Mike Baird turned NSW into the “For Sale State” and his decision to step down as Premier is akin to an auctioneer walking out during a failing auction said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“Mike Baird’s mass campaign of public service privatisation has been a hallmark of his reign yet he has stepped down in the middle of the deeply flawed process leaving the lives of millions hanging in the balance,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

Read the full media release HERE.

Park cliff dive may cost a fistful of dollars – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 18, 2017

Ranger numbers in the Royal National Park are roughly half what they were four years ago. There aren’t enough staff to keep visitors safe – even if you are Clint Eastwood’s son.

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Historians and journalists join fight against land titles sell-off – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 18, 2017

And the opposition to the sell off of the Land Titles Registry continues to grow…

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Personal data up for grabs in NSW land titles sale, experts warn – The Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 11, 2017

The non-Government owner of the Land Titles Registry will have access to highly personal data about individual’s lives as well as sensitive property ownership information.

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

This year: NSW – the data disaster state.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Jail staff need protection – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 11, 2017

In addition to a news item, the Daily Telegraph included the concerns about safety in Juvenile Justice Centres in its editorial.

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Prisons ‘about to explode’ – The Daily Telegraph

Jan 11, 2017

The recent violence directed at members in Juvenile Justice and the PSA’s position on the issue is in the spotlight in today’s Daily Telegraph.

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Be safe in the heat

SafeWork NSW has released a video that provides tips for businesses and workers tips on how to work safely in the heat.

You can view the video HERE.

SafeWork NSW recommendations for working in the heat:

  • Provide access to plain drinking water, at least 200mL every 15-20 minutes
  • Don’t drink energy or caffeinated drinks which can have a diuretic affect
  • Rotate tasks to lessen exposure to the sun as well as mental and physical fatigue
  • Ensure workers wear sun protection in all outdoor conditions because workers can be exposed to UV radiation in the shade as well as the sun
  • Provide clothing with a UPF 50+ rating such as loose shirts with long sleeves, collars and long pants
  • Provide broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30+, broad brimmed hats and sunglasses which meet Australian Standards for UV protection

Free guidance material on fatigue management and working safely in the sun is available from www.safework.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50.

Visit www.cancercouncil.com.au for sun safety tips.

Land titles registry sale should not proceed as planned – Sydney Morning Herald editorial

Jan 9, 2017

Strong points, well argued.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald editorial HERE.

Land Titles sale – Sydney Morning Herald video

Dec 21, 2016

Sydney Morning Herald journalists Matt Wade and Esther Han discuss the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry and what it will mean.

Landlocked Minister: Property errors due to privatisation not process

Dec 20, 2016

The recent errors in relation to certificates from the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) were due to the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing not lack of governance said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said the assertions of Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet that the mistakes were due to lack of proper process were rubbish.

Read the full media release HERE.

The big squeeze in jail cells – The Sunday Telegraph

Dec 19, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little highlights the overcrowding problem in the state’s prisons.

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Concession leave denied by the Christmas Grinch

Dec 15, 2016

The PSA wrote to NSW IR to request concession leave be available on Friday 23 December for members covered by the GSE Act and in RMS as Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday.

The Government responded that only those working the morning of Christmas Eve, that is, Saturday 24 December, will be entitled to the concession leave in the afternoon.

Thanks for that.

Leaked scoping study on privatisation of NSW’s land titles registry offers clues – Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 14, 2016

The murky world of privatisation exposed.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

What the sale of the Land Titles Registry means

Dec 8, 2016

Esther Han, from the Sydney Morning Herald, nails the importance of the Land Titles Registry and why we should all be seriously concerned by its sale.

Mike Baird points to Canada to justify land titles registry sell-off – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 8, 2016

Pressure from the PSA and its serious concerns about the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry has forced Mike Baird to try and justify the sell off.

His arguments were anything but convincing.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

PSA writes to Premier with ADHC sell off concerns and requests meeting

Dec 7, 2016

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little has written to Mike Baird with the concerns members raised with the Premier at Penrith recently.

A meeting to discuss the issues has also been requested.

You can read the letter HERE.

PSA writes to the Premier regarding Domestic and Family Violence Leave

PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little wrote to Premier Mike Baird on 6 December 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.

The Public Service Commissioner says leave trends are a concern

Dec 5, 2016

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little says: “You’ve got incessant restructures. The staff are under incredible pressure, obviously sick leave goes up.”

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Law Council of Australia speaks out against land titles registry sale – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 5, 2016

Everyone in NSW will lose says the individual who fought against the UK’s equally disastrous sell off of land titles.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Carers falling through the cracks under NDIS – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 5, 2016

“The NDIS was designed with the best of intentions but the state government is using the scheme to abrogate its responsibility to the most vulnerable people in our community,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Open letter to Mike Baird in the media regarding the privatisation of disability services

Dec 5, 2016

The PSA had an open letter to Premier Mike Baird published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Illawarra Mercury and the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 3 December to coincide with International Day of People with Disability.

You can view that letter HERE.

We won’t wait – Domestic Violence, a workplace issue

Dec 2, 2016

The PSA, along with unions across Australia, is campaigning for all workers to have access to 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave (in addition to any other paid leave entitlements).

We are calling on all Governments to work together at the upcoming Council of Australian Government (COAG) to pass a resolution for 10 days’ paid domestic and family violence leave to become a universal right for all workers in Australia.

Read more HERE.

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.

Baird Govt 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.

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