Ageing Disability and Home Care
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Have a Heart Premier
Hot on the heels of calling for Premier Gladys Berejiklian to have a heart on Valentine’s Day, we are keeping up the pressure to stop the privatisation of Disability Services by holding protests at MP offices across NSW.
You can support the work of your delegates and the PSA by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union and come along to our protests.
Members needed for campaign action – 8 March
Members will be handing out information in front of Premier Berejiklian’s Willoughby office on Wednesday 8 March which is also International Women’s Day.
AGAINST DISABILITY PRIVATISATION
WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH
280 Willoughby Road, Naremburn
With a workforce dominated by women, this is an opportunity to raise awareness about the inequitable transfer deal for disability workers. You deserve to be treated the same as you male counterparts in previous privatisations.
Join us and help fight to #keepitpublic
Keep up pressure the MPs
Help us get this issue front and centre by emailing your MP today and asking colleagues, family and friends to join you in fighting against disability privatisation.
Emailing your MP is simple, just CLICK HERE and enter your postcode.
What’s next? PSA ramps up local actions
Following the resounding success of your state-wide strike, the PSA is rolling out actions across NSW, ramping up the focus on the privatisation of disability services.
Starting with our Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, we will be taking the fight to the doorstep of the politicians responsible for selling off and selling out people with disability and the workers who support them!
We will keep you posted as events are scheduled so you can help us fight to #keepitpublic.
Read the full bulletin HERE.
Major gaps remain in disability transfer plans
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has confirmed that five NSW ‘services areas’ remain without an identified disability services provider a year after the NSW Government commenced its market testing process.
FACS has identified two service areas in Northern Sydney, and one each in Eastern Sydney, the Nepean Blue Mountains and Central Coast, that remain without a shortlisted operator. Yet the department sought to assure the PSA the Government had received expressions of interest from the private sector and expected to make announcements on the remaining areas in either March or April this year.
Read the full bulletin HERE.
Speaking in the NSW Legislative Assembly, MP for Port Stephens, Kate Washington “condemns the NSW Government for completely withdrawing from the provision of disability services, while other states are not doing so”, instead urging the Premier “to have a heart”.
The Labor MP for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle praises the PSA as she speaks up for ADHC workers “made redundant through government job losses”.
The MP, who spent part of her childhood in community care, also condemns the inferior redundancy conditions given to a female-dominated employment sector.
About 1000 striking PSA members and staff braved driving rain to send a Valentine’s Day message to Premier Gladys Berejiklian about the privatisation of Disability Services.
Protesters marched up King Street to Parliament House, where police were forced to close part of the road to traffic, to voice their opposition to the sell-off of services for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
Speakers included parents of people with disability, MPs, PSA General Secretary Stewart Little and Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey.
Click images to enlarge.
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.
Read the full letter below. (Click image to enlarge)
Current Ageing Disability and Home Care Departmental Committee delegates are:
|Jessie Hartley, Central Coast District
|Chris O’Hara, Hunter/New England District
|Rachel Smoothy, Hunter/New England District
|Shane Elliott, Illawarra Shoalhaven District
|Andrew Christian, Illawarra Shoalhaven District
|VACANT, Illawarra Shoalhaven District|
|Sharon May, Large Residences
|Nick Gluckstern, Mid North Coast District
|Linda Barclay-Hales, Murrumbidgee District
|Sean McIntosh, Murrumbidgee District
|Rick Hoffman, Nepean/Blue Mountains
|David Ackling-Jones, Northern Sydney District
|Caroline Heads, Northern Sydney District
|Rachael Shaw, South Eastern Sydney District
|Chris Harris, South Eastern Sydney District
|VACANT, South Western Sydney District|
|Millie Suy, South Western Sydney District
|Rex Wylie, Specialist Supported Living
|Joe Fehir, Southern NSW District
|Janelle Gibson, Western NSW District
|Tony Hay, Sydney District
|Prince Marl Gonzales, Western Sydney District
|Robert Ireland, Sydney District
|Trevor Coughran, Western Sydney District
|Naomi Fraser, Specialist Supported Living
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