Disability Support Workers video #4

Feb 9, 2018

The 4th part in the series of Disability Support Workers, answering questions about the privatisation of Aged and Disability Services in NSW.

In this 4th part of our series we ask; “What made you want to get involved in the campaign to stop the privatisation of Disability Services?”

Bulletin to Northcott members – We are still your union

Jan 25, 2018

Bulletin to Northcott members – We are still your union – January 2018 (PDF version)

Happy New Year to you all.

Your employment

You are now working for a new employer but your union is still the same. As you know, everyone who is a member of the PSA is also a member of the CPSU NSW and we are still here to represent you in this new world in which you are working.

Working relationship with Northcott

Senior staff of the PSA/CPSU NSW have now met with senior staff from Northcott. Northcott have agreed to have regular consultative meetings with the union and your delegates. These meetings will discuss systemic issues that members would like raised.

We have also set up a mechanism for raising individual issues with management to ensure we can assist members with their issues when necessary.

Award and rostering principles

Your employment conditions, your award and rostering principles are the same as they were when you worked for ADHC. Before you transferred over, the PSA had your award changed to ensure that the rostering principles under which you worked where enshrined in law. They are now part of your award and should operate the same as before.

While some things about the way you communicate with your employer may have changed, your award and the rostering principles remain the same.

We continue to be your union

As stated above, the PSA/CPSU NSW is still your union. We have been told that some staff are being advised that we are no longer the union. This is incorrect.

We have reached an agreement with the ASU whereby if you work in a Group Home or Respite Centre or are doing associated work which was previously part of the public sector we are still your union.

We have agreed that we will not go into workplaces that were previously private and try to recruit members but if you were previously a public servant, we remain your union.

Your pay and conditions at the end of 2 years

As part of your transfer, you have been given a 2 year employment guarantee (6 months if you are a casual). Your pay and conditions will stay the same for up to 5 years. The only way your pay and conditions will change is if you, the CPSU NSW and the employer (Northcott) reach an agreement to do so.

Should an enterprise agreement be negotiated in the time between the 2 years and the 5 years, you will have the opportunity to vote on whether you agree with what is proposed. If you are a union member, the CPSU NSW will work with you and negotiate for you.

Union feedback

Your Northcott delegates are:

Please contact then if you have any issues you would like raised at the next delegates committee.

The delegates meet again on 8 February so providing feedback by then will ensure your issues will be raised.

If you have an individual issue you would like to raise with the union, please contact us on 1300 772 679

Do you know someone who is not a member? Get them to join HERE.

PSA/CPSU NSW Disabilities Illawarra Work Place Group

Jan 24, 2018

PSA CPSU NSW Disabilites Illawarra Work Place Group – January 2018 (PDF version)

Thursday 1 February 2018

4:00pm – 5.30pm

Berkeley Sports Club – 5 Wilkinson St, Berkeley

Robert Jenkins Room

All welcome, nonmembers asked to join

Please print this flyer out and place on union notice board

Agenda

  • Attendance/Apologies
  • Minutes of Previous WPG Meeting
  • Correspondence
  • Business Arising from minutes of previous mtg
  • New award (containing rostering principles)
  • Lack of Casuals, staff
  • HWNS Recruitment process
  • Ongoing pay discrepancies, leave discrepancies
  • Mountview / TCU
  • Client mapping
  • TL issues
  • WHS Committee
  • CIMS Progress notes etc. via I.T.
  • Lack of F2F training
  • General Business

Illawarra WPG Exec

  • Chair – Shane Elliott
  • Vice Chair – Robert Biste
  • Secretary – Stuart Mason
  • Assist Sec – Lynda Dean
  • Womens Delegate – Nicole Morris
  • Mt View – Maureen Gillespie and Alex Snell

Hunter Valley Disability Services – Myth Busters

Jan 23, 2018

Hunter Valley Disability Services Myth Busters – January 2018 (PDF version)

Your employment

You are now working for a new employer but your union is still the same.

As you know, everyone who is a member of the PSA is also a member of the CPSU NSW and we are still here to represent you in this new world in which you are working.

Award and rostering principals

Your employment conditions, your award and the rostering principals are the same as they were when you worked for ADHC.

Before you transferred over, the PSA had your award changed to ensure that the rostering principals under which you worked where enshrined in law. They are now part of your award and should operate the same as before.

We refer to Clauses 12-13 in relation to ‘Shifts and rostering’ and the stipulation by Hunter Valley Disability Services (HVDS) that ‘shifts will be displayed on the roster each fortnight’.

This is clearly contrary and in breach of Clauses 4 and 5 of the Award which provide that ‘rosters are to be for a period of 28 calendar days’.

While a lot of things about the way you communicate with your employer may change, your award and the rostering principals remain the same.

We continue to be your union

As stated above, the PSA/CPSU NSW is still your union. We have been told that some staff are being told that we are no longer your union. This is incorrect.

We have reached an agreement with the ASU whereby if you work in a Group Home or Respite Centre or doing associated work which was previously part of the public sector we are still your union.

We have agreed that we will not go into workplaces that were previously private and try to recruit members but if you were previously a public servant we remain your union.

Your pay and conditions at the end of 2 years

As part of your transfer, you have been given a 2 year employment guarantee (6 months if you are a casual). Your pay and conditions will stay the same for up to 5 years.

The only way your pay and conditions will change is if you, the CPSU NSW and the employer (HVDS) agree

Should an enterprise agreement be negotiated in the time between the 2 years and the 5 years you will have the opportunity to vote on whether you agree with what is proposed. If you are a union member, the CPSU NSW will work with you and negotiate for you.

Next Workplace Group Meeting

In consultation with the Executive of the Work Place Group (WPG), it has been decided that the meetings for the next 3 months will be on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 30 January
  • Wednesday 28 February
  • Wednesday 28 March

The meetings will be at 4.30pm in the Hunter Room, Level 2, Trades Hall

We hope you can come to one or some of these meetings.

Working with Hunter Valley Disability Services

The executive of the WPG have raised a number of matters that have been concerning members – payroll issues, access to client files, training on the CRM system and many more.

The CPSU NSW has written to HVDS regarding these issues. Along with your delegates, we hope to meet with HVDS shortly to help resolve these matters.

Letters of offer

The permanent part-time employment contract recently provided to transferred employees includes content that is both incorrect and in breach of the ADHC Rostering Principles now enshrined in the Crown Employees Ageing, Disability and Homecare – NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Community Living Award) 2015.

The ‘governing employment conditions’ are as follows:

  1. Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009
  2. Crown Employees (Administrative and Clerical Officers – Salaries) Award 2007
  3. Crown Employees (Public Sector – Salaries 2017) Award
  4. Crown Employees Ageing, Disability and Homecare – NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Community Living Award) 2015

Do you know someone who is not a member? Get them to join HERE.

Part 3: NSW Disability Workers Explain

Jan 17, 2018

When did you find out that the NSW Government planned to privatise all Public Disability Services, including your job as a Disability Support Worker?

Disability members – Share this Facebook video

Jan 9, 2018

Disability members – Share this Facebook video – January 2018 (PDF version)

Please see this short video on the PSA and CPSU NSW Facebook pages.

Disability workers discuss…

This is the second video in a series, so please like, leave a comment and share with your friends, family and work colleagues.

If you have a question, please speak to your local union delegate, your PSA/CPSU NSW organiser, call 1300 772 679 or email DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au.

Call 1300 772 679 to arrange for a union organiser to attend your next team meeting or to hold a members’ meeting at your workplace

See the first video here

Please like and follow both the PSA and CPSU NSW Facebook pages:

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