‘Significant breakdowns’ mar NSW shared services outsourcing – ITNews

Nov 16, 2016

Why can’t people just leave things alone? It WAS working….

Read the full ITNews article HERE.

Safework/SIRA Gosford members – Recreational leave

Nov 10, 2016

Safework and SIRA Gosford members – Recreational leave – November 2016 (PDF version)

The PSA has become aware that management within SafeWork and SIRA at Gosford have given staff the direction that accumulated recreation leave needs to be fewer than 30 days at all times.

Awards and agreements negotiated by the PSA set out the circumstances in which employees can be directed to take leave.

For members covered by the Crown Employees (Public Sector Conditions of Employment) Reviewed Award 2009, such a direction can only be given when the balance exceeds 30 days.

In this case, the leave should be taken within three months of the employee receiving written notification, or within six weeks if the balance exceeds 40 days.

The Award states that, whenever possible, the staff member’s wishes should be accommodated as to when leave is taken.

The PSA can assist members in making sure this intention is respected by agencies and employers.

The PSA has now written to management seeking cooperation in sorting out this issue with the view to reissuing a clear communication to staff as to their Award rights in regard to recreation leave balances. We also indicated we are prepared to dispute the matter at the Industrial Relations Commission if it isn’t dealt with urgently.

We will update you as the matter progresses.

Also, it is worth noting the Crown Employees Award and other awards and agreements negotiated by the PSA allow members to purchase additional annual leave by reducing their salary by a proportionate amount.

These arrangements may assist members looking to plan for longer periods of leave.

Land & Property privatisation errors a disaster for the bush

Nov 10, 2016

PSA media release:

The issuing of incorrect certificates by the Central Register of Restrictions (CRR) Unit of the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) regarding more than 200 properties in Sydney could be just the tip of the iceberg in regional NSW said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said a contributing factor to the errors was critical staff cutbacks along with many experts normally involved in maintaining the register of properties potentially impacted by Government infrastructure instead working on the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI.

Once the Titling and Registry is sold, there will be no conversation between the new entity and what remains within LPI – critical checks and balances that have been keeping the system running effectively will be a thing of the past.

“Property owners in areas in regional NSW such as Orange and Bathurst where their land is their livelihood might well find themselves in the same situation that recently surfaced in Sydney,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“In fact, rural areas will potentially be hit more heavily due to size of holding and the chance of gas pipeline, road action, transmission lines and water supply lines affecting them.”

“Rural landholders will additionally be most affected by the privatisation as it leads to Private Title Insurance on the value of rural properties adding many thousands of dollars to transactions.”

“Regional communities will also be horrified to know that their titling details may end up being owned and kept by a foreign company with all proceeds remaining offshore.”

“What private enterprise, particularly an overseas entity, with a focus on its profits, is going to raise its hand and advise the community back in Australia of its errors?”

“At the moment, while LPI is still entirely in public hands, the NSW Government remains accountable for human errors. There is a Government guarantee.”

“Once the service is privatised, there will be no regulation and no accountability, only a profit motive.”

“There will be no follow up, only cover up once the service is sold off”.

“I call on National Party candidate Scott Barrett to come clean with people in the bush about what the sell off of the Land and Property Information Service will really mean to locals,” said Stewart Little.

Land & Property Information errors due to privatisation process

Nov 4, 2016

PSA media release:

The issuing of incorrect certificates by the Land and Property Information Service regarding the impact of infrastructure projects on more than 200 properties was due to the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said a contributing factor to the errors was staff cutbacks with many experts normally involved in these duties instead working on the preparatory process for the privatisation of the Registry.

The PSA said these errors would never come to light in a privatised organisation.

“At the moment, while LPI is still in public hands, the NSW Government remains accountable for these human errors. There is a Government guarantee”, said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“Once the service is privatised, there will be no regulation and no accountability, only a profit motive.”

“What private enterprise with a focus on its profits is going to raise its hand and advise the community of its errors?”

“There will be no follow up, only cover up once the service is sold off”.

“These errors do not bode well for the privatised organisation nor the community,” said Stewart Little.

Baird government bungle exposes home buyers to road corridors – The Sydney Morning Herald

Nov 1, 2016

A contributing factor to the errors was staff cutbacks and many people normally involved in these duties instead working on the preparatory process for the privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI. Irony?

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

NSW government’s land titles move will make property less affordable: developers – The Sydney Morning Herald

Oct 27, 2016

The penny is really starting to drop about the enormous impact of the sale of the Land Titles Registry of the Land and Property Information Service.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

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