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Do you feel like disability services staff matter

Jun 23, 2017

Do you feel like disability services staff matter – 23 June 2017 (PDF Version)

As Ageing Disability and Home Care continues to be systematically dismantled the PSA has received feedback from members and delegates about low morale amongst disability workers.

Members have reported a lack of pastoral care and respect shown to ADHC staff during the privatisation of disability services, the forced transfer of staff to non-government service providers and other processes such as the Cluster Operating Model and the Mobility Pathway.

While we encourage members to be specifc and honest when filling out the People Matter Survey; we also want to give you the opportunity to have your say confidentially to your union.

The survey below has been developed by members and delegates.

2017 People DO NOT Matter Employee Survey.

The survey closes on Sunday 23 July 2017.

Have you switched to direct debit? Make sure you are protected during the transfer!

It’s easy, download the switch form or log in and protect your membership today.

You can update your details including how you pay through our online portal here:  UPDATE AND CONNECT

You can download a SWITCH FORM and email it back to us at membership@psa.asn.au or contact our member support centre on 1300 772 679.

Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you have updated your details with the PSA. These are difficult times for members in ADHC and we must ensure we keep our union strong so that members are supported now and into the future.

Having your union and its collective strength behind you when bargaining for conditions is the only way to make sure you get fair outcomes.

Make the switch now

If you have any questions about this bulletin please email:

FACSOrganising@psa.asn.au

 

 

People matter? That’s not how we feel say Hunter PSA members

Jun 23, 2017

People matter, That’s not how we feel say Hunter PSA members – June 2017 (PDF version)

The members of the Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Hunter Central Coast PSA Workplace Group, as part of the ongoing ‘no confidence motion’ regarding the absence of principled leadership from Michael Coutts-Trotter (Secretary, Family and Community Services), the Minister for Disability Services, and the Premier of NSW, have passed the following motion:

Hunter and Central Coast PSA ADHC members are not to participate in the completion of the 2017 People Matter Employee Survey.

In view of the ongoing lack of pastoral care and respect shown to ADHC staff during the privatisation of disability services, the forced transfer of staff to non-government service providers and other processes such as the Cluster Operating Model and the Mobility Pathway, the Workplace Group have passed the following motion:

The ADHC Hunter Central Coast PSA ADHC Workplace Group is to develop the 2017 People DO NOT Matter Employee Survey, focusing on staff experiences and opinions regarding their forced transfer or experiences of other processes such as the Cluster Operating Model and the Mobility Pathway, which is to be distributed to all staff for completion in the Hunter and Central Coast Districts.

The Executive of the ADHC Hunter Central Coast PSA Workplace Group strongly encourages all Hunter and Central Coast staff to complete the 2017 People DO NOT Matter Employee Survey designed to find out how you really feel about how you’re being treated.

Complete the survey HERE.

For further information please contact

  • Chris O’Hara – 0423 742 543
    Co-chair, ADHC Hunter Central Coast PSA Workplace Group
  • Rachel Smoothy – 0411 753 417
    Co-chair, ADHC Hunter Central Coast PSA Workplace Group
  • Darrin Morgan – 0423 498 499
    Secretary, ADHC Hunter Central Coast PSA Workplace Group

Attention CST members Nominations close tomorrow

Jun 22, 2017

Attention CST members Nominations close tomorrow – June 2017 (PDF version)

Nominations for The Benevolent Society Advisory Group close tomorrow at 4pm.

If you want to get more involved in your union, download, fill in and return your nomination form today!

Nomination form can be found HERE.

Check which electorate to nominate for HERE.

Read more about the role of a delegate HERE.

Nomination forms must be received at PSA Head Office no later than 4pm Friday, 23 June 2017.

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NSW wipes its hands of disability services as Productivity Commission raises major concerns – PSA

Jun 15, 2017

PSA Media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) has slammed the NSW Government for scrapping public disability services as a Productivity Commission report raises serious concerns about access and cost blow outs with the NDIS.

The report also highlighted the PSA’s long held concern that some people with disability are receiving a reduced service under the NDIS.

“The disaster this union has been warning about for some time is now official,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“This is the worst possible time for the NSW Government to be washing its hands of public disability services.

“NSW Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams is about to preside over the greatest social tragedy NSW has ever seen. That’s quite a legacy.”

The fate of tens of thousands of people in NSW with disabilities – the most vulnerable in our community – is being handed to non-Government operators who will be focused on profits.

The Productivity Commission relevations follow a previous report from the Federal Health Department that revealed it under estimated by 30,000 the number of people expected to access the NDIS – leading to a cost blow out of $1 billion.

“There is not going to be the money nor the capacity to properly service people with disability under the NDIS and by June 2018, the NSW Government will have completely stepped out of that space,” Mr Little said.

“NSW will be the only state in Australia with no Government safety net, throwing the care of people with disability into free fall.

“Tens of thousands stand to fall through the cracks destined to land in the state’s hospitals, mental health facilities and even the criminal justice system – areas lacking expertise in specialist disability care.”

CST Update: Want to get more involved in your union?

Jun 14, 2017

CST Update – Want to get more involved in your union – 14 June 2017 (PDF Version)

  • Interested in working with PSA members in your new workplace at TBS?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Your PSA/CPSU delegate elections for the TBS Advisory Group are on now.

If you want to have a say in how your union is run and want to be part of a collective effort to improve your rights at work by building strength on the ground, we encourage you to nominate and get involved in your union, the PSA.

You can find more about the role of delegates HERE.

Nominate to be a delegate on the TBS Advisory Group

Nominees, nominators and seconders must be financial members of the Association as at 23 May 2017 and are only eligible to nominate if you are transferring to The Benevolent Society.

The Call for Nomination is for the following number of delegates from the electorates listed below; please note that electorate 5 was originally incorrectly advertised as Central Coast and Hunter.

Electorate 1 – Greater Metropolitan Sydney
8 delegates requiredElectorate 2 – Central West Region
1 delegates required

Electorate 3 – North Western Region
1 delegate required

Electorate 4 – Central Coast Hunter Region
1 delegate required

Electorate 5 – Northern Region
1 delegate requiredElectorate 6 – South Eastern Region
1 delegate required

Electorate 7 – South Western Region
1 delegate required

Note: the executive of the PSA reserves the right to vary the electorates in event of changes in membership.

Nominations must be on the prescribed form (or facsimile of it).

Nomination Forms are available HERE or at the 5th floor Inquiry counter, PSA House 160 Clarence Street, Sydney or from Regional Offices.

Each nomination must be seconded by two other persons who are from the same group and electorate as the nominee and are financial members of the Association as at 23 May 2017.

Nominations may be submitted:

by post:
GPO Box 3365, Sydney NSW 2001

by email:
elections@psa.asn.au

by hand delivery:
PSA Inquiry counter on Level 5,
160 Clarence Street, Sydney

faxed to:
(02) 9262 1623

so as to reach the PSA Head Office no later than 4pm Friday, 23 June 2017.

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POSTPONED: ADHC anti-privatisation pop-up protest

Jun 14, 2017

POSTPONED ADHC Anti-Privatisation Pop-Up Protest – 14 June 2017 (PDF Version)

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the action on 20 June 2017 at Parliament House. We are committed to fighting this Government’s privatisation agenda, and will reschedule the action once Parliament resumes.

Thank you for expressing your interest in attending, we will keep you informed of the new date.

Keep up pressure on 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.

Take a minute today to sign and share our petition so we can show the NSW Government that we won’t allow them to sell-off our services without a fight.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

 

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