The NSW Government is undertaking a mass privatisation via stealth, with details on how this will affect the people of NSW shrouded in secrecy. If the Government gets its way, Land and Property Information, Trustee and Guardian services, TAFEs, Sport and Recreation Centres, transport, prisons, public housing, disability care, and child protection services will be lost to private, unaccountable interests.
On 5 September, the PSA launched a second advertising campaign, The Secret Sell Off.
You can view the campaign website HERE.
The website contains a petition calling on the NSW Government to:
- protect our valuable public services from privatisation; and
- introduce “follow the money” laws for financial scrutiny and accountability.
You can sign our petition to stop the secret privatisation of NSW HERE.
A thirty second radio ad was aired in the Sydney metropolitan area and on regional stations.
You can hear the radio advertisement below.
As the uproar over the sale of the Land Titles Registry of the Land and Property Information Service intensifies, two former senior members of staff have joined the fight.
Baird’s privatisation of Land Titles Registry to lift costs for home buyers – The Sydney Morning Herald
The sale of the Land Titles Registry of the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) is horrifying economists, the legal fraternity and the property sector. But it’s really going to bite down hard on anyone who owns or intends to own a home.
The PSA has been at the forefront of the campaign to fight the drastic and unnecessary changes to the workers compensation laws made by the NSW Government in 2012.
As a result, some of the worst of the changes have been wound back, but there is still much to be done to make workers compensation fair for injured workers and their families.
As part of our campaign, the PSA has made a submission to the review of these laws currently being conducted by the Law & Justice Committee of the NSW Legislative Council – the Upper House.
You can read the PSA’s submission HERE.
This submission forms part of a larger Unions NSW submission.
Following Thursday’s announcement to privatise sections of Housing, your union, the PSA, met with and received a briefing via teleconference from FACS the same afternoon.
Not all of the PSA’s questions were able to be answered during the meeting, so FACS is forwarding additional information to the PSA.
Once we have received and analysed this information, a considered and more detailed report will be distributed to members in a bulletin.
Assistant General Secretary
Out of public hands…and out on the street.
Dumb, dangerous, reckless, shortsighted…
Members are aware Minister Hazzard today announced in the media that FACS is planning to transfer 18,000 housing properties to Community Housing Management, resulting in the loss of 190 jobs from the public service.
Following the media announcement, an urgent teleconference has been arranged with FACS management for this afternoon. At this meeting, the PSA will seek more detailed information and register our deep concerns at the apparent rushed nature and impact of this announcement.
We will provide a more detailed bulletin shortly to report back on this afternoon’s meeting and next steps in our fight against this privatisation.
PSA Organisers are now scheduling visits to consult with and update Housing members on this announcement. To arrange a visit to your workplace contact your Organising team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSA has made a submission to the Public Service Commission on flexible work.
You can read the submission HERE.
The PSA is leading the fight against the privatisation of Berry Sport and Recreation Centre.
The furore over the sell off of the land titles registry of Land and Property Information is growing.
Read the full The Guardian article HERE.
The PSA highlights cuts to solicitors and the outsourcing of their work in Fair Trading.
The PSA has provided comments to the Department of Industry on a consultation paper released in July 2016 on proposed changes to the Act and Regulation related to Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW.
Many of the provisions do not directly affect our members but the PSA has taken the opportunity to raise concerns including:
- the impact of ever-increasing contestability in vocational education and training which is destroying our TAFE system
- problems with the accountability of private vocational education and training providers
- inaction by government agencies in not taking on apprentices and trainees
- failure to sufficiently act on government policy on indigenous training and employment.
You can read our letter HERE.
The PSA wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.
PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner appeared on the ABC last night in relation to the matter.
You can view the news item below.
After a year of defending residential out-of-home care services for children, New South Wales Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard has told them to lift their game.
Mr Hazzard has sent the providers a strongly worded letter foreshadowing changes.
The move follows a recent coronial inquest into the death of a 15-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose after she was allegedly raped while in state care.
The Public Service Association (PSA) wrote to Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard more than a year ago warning of the many issues arising in the privately run foster care system.
Mr Hazzard’s response was shocking, claiming there were no issues – in fact he was: “ …proud of the improvement in the care of our most vulnerable children.”
PSA Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner said the Minister can no longer claim he was unaware.
“Again lack of regulation and oversight of these private operators has led to shocking abuses and yet the Baird Government intends to outsource further, without fixing the problem,” said Steve Turner.
“We know these NGOs are not looking for kinship arrangements for these Aboriginal children and we know we are running into another ‘Stolen Generation’.”
“Today’s announcement is just outsourcing to fix the problems created by outsourcing,” said Steve Turner.
Further proof of The Baird Government’s secret sell off with the privatisation of five additional hospitals.
Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.