National Parks and Wildlife Service member update

Nov 30, 2017

National Parks and Wildlife Service member update – December 2017 (PDF version)

Members may be aware of the tragic events yesterday, which resulted in the death of a worker and serious injury to two others in the Blue Mountains.

The PSA offers its condolences to the families affected by this tragedy, and also to those who may have worked with and known the individuals involved.

SafeWork NSW has been notified of the incident and an extensive investigation will be undertaken.

The PSA wishes to remind members they are able to access support services provided by the agency (such as EAP) or they can contact the PSA.

Members can also contact the Workers Health Centre on 02 9749 7666 to access further support services, or they can visit www.workershealth.com.au for a number of helpful factsheets.

Stewart Little
General Secretary

National Parks and Wildlife Service staff in ‘utter despair’, says veteran – Bega District News

Nov 28, 2017

The tone of the rally in Bega on 24 November protesting against the dramatic restructure of National Parks and Wildlife was best encapsulated by one veteran staff member who said:  “To look around my office and see how people are being treated is a disgrace…It is just really sad and unprofessional the way it is being handled.”

Read the full Bega District News article HERE.

National Parks and Wildlife members take a stand in Bega

Nov 27, 2017

From the rally at Bega on 24 November to protest against the dramatic cuts in the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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National Parks and Wildlife Service Day of Action – Bega

Nov 21, 2017

National Parks and Wildlife Service Day of Action – Bega – November 2017 (PDF version)

As advised in the bulletin distributed last week, the PSA wishes to remind members of another Day of Action being held in Bega on Friday 24 November.

The PSA has been speaking with a number of community organisations in the area, who remain opposed at the current restructure and the effect it will have on the dedicated and hardworking staff of NPWS.

Details are as below:

Friday 24 November

12:00pm-1:00pm

Littleton Gardens, Zingel Place, Bega

Download the flyer HERE.

The day of action is not Industrial Action, and the PSA is not directing any of its members to stop work. However members may wish to attend an event near them in their lunch breaks, and are strongly encouraged to do so.

NPWS PSA update

Nov 16, 2017

NPWS PSA update – November 2017 (PDF version)

Phase 2 EOI

This is a reminder to members that the Phase 2 EOI Portal closes as 5:00pm today, Thursday 16 November. As advised previously, Phase 3 recruitment will not commence until February 2018.

Direct assignments

As stated in our last bulletin, the PSA has been in discussions with OEH regarding the provision of direct assignments in cases where the roles are directly comparable. Despite OEH writing to us that it believed “there were few, if any, work locations that would allow for a direct assignment”, the PSA continued advocating on behalf of a number of individuals who we believe could demonstrate they should be directly assigned. OEH admitted in the Industrial Relations Commission that more than 450 staff had been directly assigned throughout the process, including a number of members who were in attendance at the IRC on the day and whom we made representations on behalf of. The PSA is continuing discussions to obtain even more direct assignments throughout the rest of the process.

Rangers

The PSA has been advised some rangers have been told that their jobs are being relocated as a consequence of Future NPWS. The PSA reminds rangers that they are out of scope to the Future NPWS restructure. If your role is being relocated, or otherwise changed, please contact the PSA at msinclair@psa.asn.au so we can raise these with OEH.

Field officers

The PSA has scheduled meetings regarding establishing by consent, a new Senior Field Supervisor (SFS) Grade 3 in the PSA Award. This variation is the same offered to the union covering field staff outside of Kosciuszko National Park. The PSA does not wish to prejudice these discussions by commenting extensively, however we wish to inform members that any offer will be put to members to vote on, after due consideration of any deleted positions that have occurred throughout this restructure.

The PSA does not wish to spend time attacking other registered Industrial Organisations, as our resources are better spent defending members from the ill thought out plans of OEH. However, the PSA also notes that there is very little difference between outcomes the PSA has gained vs outcomes that affect staff covered by the field staff award.

Campaign events

The PSA attended the Queanbeyan Show over
11 and 12 November to highlight to the community the changes that are occurring in NPWS. Click HERE to see photos of the day.

In response to our recent NPWS day of action events, a number of members and community organisations have asked for something to be held in their area. The PSA wishes to advise members that another day of action event is planned for Bega next Friday 24 November, and more locations are being planned. Further details will be distributed separately.

PSA at Queanbeyan Show

Nov 16, 2017

The PSA attended the Queanbeyan Show held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November to highlight to the community the changes that are occurring in NPWS.  Hundreds of signatures to a petition condemning the restructure were obtained as the community was asked – “What is their local member doing to stand up for NPWS and the electorate of Monaro?”

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