Bulletin – Chatswood Police Station

Feb 23, 2018

Bulletin – Chatswood Police Station – February 2018 (PDF version)

A recent visit by the PSA to Chatswood Police Station has identified Work Health Safety concerns about the front counter configuration.

The PSA is particularly concerned about staff members being required to sit at work stations where they are seated with their backs to the entrance and front counter when there is no barrier between staff and the public.

The PSA believes this presents an immediate risk to staff and hereby directs members NOT to sit at any work station that leaves them in a position where they are seated with their backs to the entrance and front counter.

Members are advised:

  • this action has been approved by the General Secretary of the Public Service Association
  • any direction to perform work covered by this ban can and should be refused
  • if members are approached to complete work covered by the ban, they should decline and refer their manager to this document.

Only union members are protected when following bans. Speak to your colleagues about joining the union today to make sure they are protected.

If you are being pressured or targeted due to this action, please immediately contact:

PSA Organiser Roland Harris on 0438 402 503 or rharris@psa.asn.au.

UNE bargaining strategy a fast track to nowhere

Feb 23, 2018

UNE bargaining strategy a fast track to nowhere – February 2018 (PDF version)

Bargaining for a new UNE Professional Staff enterprise agreement kicked off for the year, with further fortnightly meetings planned from now until at least the end of June 2018.

Worryingly though, little appears to have changed in the university’s attitude over the summer break, with UNE remaining fixated on the vagaries of ‘interest based bargaining’ – which emphasises conceptual discussions of principles at the expense of tangible negotiation and outcomes. Indeed after several months of bargaining, the parties are yet to agree on a single clause, and UNE’s bargaining agenda remains largely unclear to us and the other bargaining representatives involved.

The CPSU and other employee representatives have implored UNE to table formal written responses (draft clauses) and work from a tracking document in response to the proposals put by the unions and independent staff representatives. In our view, the absence of a well-organised approach to bargaining is only likely to result in a process that is unnecessarily protracted, dysfunctional and ultimately confrontational.

In other news, it’s been a time of big changes for your Bargaining Team. You may be aware that Ross Bennetts has left UNE (for greener pastures, we’re sure). We wish him well in his business endeavours and are slightly jealous of his free time at the beach. We would like to introduce and thank Jack McCaw for stepping up and joining the CPSU Bargaining Team. Also, Jen Mitchell, our wonderful CPSU Industrial Officer, has handed the reins over to Thane Pearce, another very experienced staff member, who has bargained on our behalf in previous rounds.

As always, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us:

Amanda Lang
alang13@une.edu.au

Lynda Creedy
lcreedy@une.edu.au

Thane Pearce
tpearce@psa.asn.au

Not a member? JOIN today.

United we Bargain, Divided we Beg!

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences bulletin

Feb 23, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences bulletin – February 2018 (PDF version)

Work Place Group Meetings for 2018

The MAAS Workplace Group Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for 14 March at 12:30. Location to be advised by way of formal meeting notice.

There will also be quarterly lunchtime meetings at the Powerhouse for all members. WPG meetings are for all members to raise issues they believe require follow up at the workplace. The issues can relate to local matters or matters affecting all public servants. This can include, but are not exclusive to inequality, women’s rights, Work Health and Safety issues, or just seeking clarification of your entitlements. At these meetings, we will also talk about the major campaigns that will be happening this year and how you can be involved in them.

Visitor Service Officer update

Members would be aware that the issue of the claim by the PSA on behalf of VSOs employed as casuals has been a matter of attempted conciliation and now the matter is to be arbitrated.

In November 2017 the MAAS made an offer to the PSA to settle the matter of the pay issue. Members overwhelmingly rejected the offer but the PSA was happy to discuss and consult with the museum if necessary.

During the period, while the ballot was being undertaken, the proposed dates for arbitration were put aside.

On 12 December the Industrial Relations Commission issued new dates for the arbitration of this matter these dates are:

PSA to file and serve statements and documents by 16 February 2018

MAAS to file and serve statements and documents by 16 March 2018

PSA to respond and reply by 3 April 2018.

Matter set down for hearing 9 and 10 April 2018.

As previously stated consultation regarding this matter can continue throughout this period.

TAKE A SUPPORT PERSON

Members should be aware that when you are asked to attend a meeting at your workplace, you have the right to take a support person to the meeting. A support person can be a member of staff, a local delegate or your PSA Union Official.

Please ensure that you are aware of what the meeting is about, ASK FOR THE AGENDA prior to attending any meeting and make sure the meeting does not move outside of the agenda items. This information is important for you to follow.

PSA MEMBERS’ BBQ

The PSA has been trying to hold a BBQ for our members and potential members at the Powerhouse for more than 12 months but to date we have not been able to get approval to do so. We will keep trying.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 10 March International Women’s Day March see flyer HERE.
  • 14 March MAAS Workplace Group AGM Meeting Notice and Location to be advised.
  • 9 & 10 April Arbitration of VSO Pay Issue before the Industrial Relations Commission
  • 1 May May Day. On May 6, the PSA will be marching and all members are invited to come together to celebrate international solidarity. Location and time to be provided to all PSA members by general broadcast.

Your PSA Delegates are:

Damian McDonald

Dimity Holt

Nancy Lamott

Nathan Farrow

Kathy Hackett

Katrina Hogan

Paul Quealy

Your PSA Officials are:

Kerrie Butson – Senior Industrial Officer

Harry Wall – PSA Organiser

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Campbelltown Office PSA meeting notice

Feb 23, 2018

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Campbelltown Office PSA meeting notice – February 2018 (PDF version)

Thursday 1 March 2018

1.00pm-2.00pm

Conference Room

Agenda

  • Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)
  • Early Appropriate Guilty Plea (EAGP) Reforms
  • Flexible Working Hour Agreement

It’s time to get involved!

For more information contact the PSA on 1300 772 679.

Email: bmckenzie@psa.asn.au.

Parramatta Justice Precinct Legal Aid – PSA visit

Feb 23, 2018

Parramatta Justice Precinct Legal Aid – PSA visit – February 2018 (PDF version)

Tuesday 27 February 2018

12.30pm-2pm

PJP

Level 1 – Lunch Room

I will be visiting the PJP Legal Aid Lunch Room to discuss relevant issues and promote a Lunch and Learn at the PJP Precinct.

For more information contact the PSA on 1300 772 679.

Email: bmckenzie@psa.asn.au.

Your PSA Staff:

Monika Wunderlin – Industrial Officer

Bart McKenzie – Senior Organiser

To Join the PSA go to https://membership.psa.asn.au/register

It’s time to get involved!

Bulletin – Industrial Relations Commission update

Feb 23, 2018

Bulletin – Industrial Relations Commission update – February 2018 (PDF version)

The PSA was back in the Industrial Relations Commission on 20 February 2018 as part of the regular hearings. The PSA was represented by our lawyer, Michael Jaloussis, Guy Sim (SEAG), Danny Chundramun and Mark Christensen (COVB), Nicole Jess and Jason Charlton (POVB), Kylie McKelvie and Kathy Dwyer (NCDC), Julie Bond, David McCauley and Evan Cole (PSA Industrial staff).

Ring-fencing

After discussions with both parties, the Commissioner recommended Lithgow, Oberon, Kirkconnell and Bathurst should be ring-fenced together. Commissioner Newall’s reasons were that this gives the affected staff a greater opportunity to find a position. This is the same approach he adopted with the Long Bay complex.

Long Bay Hospital

POVB members at Long Bay Hospital imposed bans on acting up and overtime following the breakdown in negotiations over the application of the Safe Staffing Award and VORs. The cause of the problem is continued understaffing. The Commissioner recommended bans be lifted from the beginning of B Watch on 20 February 2018 to allow further consultation on staffing the hospitals. Nicole Jess will be attending the consultation on Friday, 23 February and we are hopeful of a resolution. Corrective Services has indicated it will convert casuals to permanent.

This and the planned CO classes going through the Academy may help the problem in the medium term, but the staff shortage is a problem now.

Any resolution must guarantee staff safety, and this was recognised by the Commission.

Kirkconnell

During the Benchmarking meeting held at Kirkconnell on 15 February 2018, there was discussion about whether Kirkconnell is a small or medium centre. The Commission supported CSNSW’s position that because Kirkconnell is minimum-security it qualifies as small. The branches will go back and talk with their members about this. If this remains unresolved, Commissioner Newall has agreed to visit Kirkconnell to listen to both sides of the argument and make a recommendation.

Parliamentary Committee into Benchmarking

Last week the Legislative Council Committee enquiry into Parklea was extended to include Benchmarking. The PSA believes Benchmarking should stop until the report is released and the Government has responded. We raised this with the Commissioner who unfortunately said it was beyond his power to order this. We will write to the Minister asking him to order a halt on benchmarking.

There is a report back on Friday, 2 March 2018.

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