Fears Regional Communities will lose Local Police jobs

Nov 23, 2017

PSA Media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) holds grave fears many regional areas will be stripped of local police staff under a restructure of NSW Police.

“We are extremely concerned about the loss of critical civilian support staff who ensure police are properly equipped to be able to undertake the full range of their duties on behalf of their local communities,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“These roles include staff at Police stations, Forensics officers, Intelligence analysts who track crime patterns and Community Liaison officers.

“As a former uniformed officer himself, Troy Grant is very well aware of the vital role played by civilian support staff in day to day policing in NSW.

“Job cuts in regional areas mean less money going into the local community, families being forced to move elsewhere, taking their spending money with them and removing their kids from local schools.

“Every job in the bush feeds into six others from the local supermarket to car dealers”.

“Regional NSW has already been hit for six by the NSW Coalition Government with cuts in TAFE and National Parks, the privatisation of disability services and a number of other critical public services.”

“We call on the National Party in regional NSW to give an undertaking that local police will continue to have the vital administrative support that allows them to fully serve their communities and that no police officer will be forced into an administrative role and taken off front line duties.”

NSW Police – Radio Operations Group – Meal/Crib Breaks Dispute

Nov 22, 2017

NSW Police – Radio Operations Group Meal Crib Breaks Dispute – Nov 2017 (PDF version)

As members will be aware, meal and crib breaks were reduced across ROG in August 2017.

Members resolved to implement work bans to protest this change which were lifted a week later following an order from the Industrial Relations Commission.

Delegates and PSA industrial staff have been in protracted negotiations with ROG management since the lifting of the work bans and a final proposal from management has been received in a letter HERE

The final outcome will apply to all ROG Centres across NSW.

We are now asking members to vote on the proposal.  Please complete the survey HERE

Only PSA members can vote in the survey and responses must be received by close of business Wednesday, 29 November 2017.

Any non-members wishing to join the PSA and vote in the survey can do so HERE

The strength and resolve of members throughout this process has been commendable and all members should speak to their colleagues about joining the PSA to increase the union’s strength.

A union workplace is a stronger and fairer workplace!

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Wright at andrew.wright@psa.asn.au

NSW Police – Radio Operations Group – member survey

Nov 22, 2017

NSW Police – Radio Operations Group member vote – Nov 2017 (PDF version)

At the request of members, the PSA has for some time been pursuing negotiations to encourage management to provide a pathway for part-time officers who wish to become full-time employees.

We are pleased to say that ROG management has acceded to our request and offered to employ an initial group of 18 full-time officers, subject to the parties reaching agreement on a satisfactory flexible roster.

A roster has now been negotiated and can be viewed HERE.   

It has the following features:

  • All officers currently on 12 hour shifts and 25% allowance in lieu of shift penalties will retain these conditions through a ‘grandfathering’ arrangement. Officers accepting a promotion to Shift Supervisor will move to the new roster
  • All part-time employees becoming full time and all future full time employees will not work according to the current 12 hour roster. They will instead work according to a roster which provides at least a 4 day week (i.e. minimum 6 RLDs per 6 week roster cycle)
  • Employees on the new roster will receive shift penalties in accordance with the Communications Officers Award
  • Shift lengths will range between 7 hours and 12 hours. 12 hour shifts can only be worked either as single shifts, no more than 3 per roster cycle, or in blocks of 3 per week in accordance with the current 12 hour roster
  • This means that employees on the new roster will work a mixture of 4 day and 3 day weeks. This effectively allows officers to be rostered according to the patterns currently worked by part-timers, while being able to slot into the 12 hour roster where required.

The PSA believes that this proposal is a good compromise and endorses it. It guarantees regular days off combined with protections for fatigue management, while providing shift lengths which allow the maintenance of the current system of varying staffing levels to meet demand.

We are now asking members to vote on this proposal – please complete the survey HERE

Only PSA members can vote in the survey and responses must be received by close of business Wednesday 29 November.

Any non-members wishing to join the PSA and vote in the survey can do so HERE

A union workplace is a stronger and fairer workplace – get your colleagues involved today!

If you have any questions please contact Andrew Wright at andrew.wright@psa.asn.au

NSW Police – PSA visits to the South Coast

Oct 27, 2017

Police – PSA visits to the South Coast – Oct 2017 (PDF version)

Next week, PSA South East Regional Organiser, Tony Heathwood, and PSA Organiser for Police, Roland Harris, will be visiting Police sites on the South Coast to discuss regional re-engineering with staff.

The visits will take place as follows:

Monday 30 October:

11:00am-12:00pm: Shoalhaven LAC (Nowra)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Far South Coast LAC (Batemans Bay)

Tuesday 31 October:

9:00am-10:00am: Monaro LAC (Queanbeyan)

12:00pm-1:00pm: Police Academy (Goulburn, Room 1.04)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Hume LAC (Goulburn)

Wednesday 1 November:

9:30am-10:30am: Police Radio (Oak Flats)

11:00am-12:00pm: Lake Illawarra LAC (Oak Flats)

1:00pm-2:00pm: Southern Region Office/Wollongong LAC (Level 5 Conference Room, Southern Region Office, Wollongong)

 AGENDA:

–          Role of the union in re-engineering
–          Regional LAC amalgamations
–          LAC workload survey
–          PSA membership benefits
–          General business

All staff are encouraged to take the time to meet with us on these visits and raise any questions, issues, or concerns on re-engineering or any other topic. Membership forms will be available for non-members to sign up on the day.

Please remember the PSA can only represent its members.

Put a copy of this on your notice board and bring along a colleague – strong membership means a strong union!

Any questions, please contact:

Roland Harris – rharris@psa.asn.au

Tony Heathwood – theathwood@psa.asn.au

 

 

Professional Standards Command PSA union meeting

Oct 23, 2017

Professional Standards Command PSA union meeting – October 2017 (PDF version)

Thursday 26 October

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Level 3 Meeting Room

PSA staff will be in attendance at Professional Standards Command (Redfern) to hear feedback on Re-engineering and discuss the union’s role in protecting members’ entitlements.

Anything raised will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Non-members are also welcome to come and have a chat about the benefits of joining the PSA, including:

  • Representation on individual workplace matters – the union is your protection in the workplace
  • Representation on collective industrial relations matters – including fighting for annual pay rises on behalf of our members
  • Journey Insurance for members injured travelling to or from work
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Provident Fund of $3500 in the event of a member’s death
  • Sydney Credit Union (SCU) discounted banking to union members
  • Union Shopper access giving discounts on a wide range of gift cards, entertainment, activities, whitegoods, electronics, and more…

It’s time to join your colleagues and get involved in defending your rights and conditions at work – strong membership means a strong union!

North Coast Police visits

Oct 20, 2017

North Coast Police visits – October 2017 (PDF version)

Next week, PSA Northern Regional Organiser, Asren Pugh, and PSA Organiser for Police, Roland Harris, will be visiting Police sites on the North Coast to discuss regional Re-engineering with staff.

The visits will take place as follows:

Monday 23 October:

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Tweed-Byron LAC (Tweed Heads)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Firearms Registry (Murwillimbah)

Tuesday 24 October:

  • 9:30am – 10:30am: Richmond LAC (Lismore)
  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Coffs-Clarence LAC (Coffs Harbour)

Wednesday 25th October:

  • 10:30am – 11:30am: Kempsey Police Station (Kempsey)
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Mid North Coast LAC (Port Macquarie)

AGENDA:

  • Role of the union in Re-engineering
  • Regional LAC amalgamations
  • LAC workload survey
  • PSA membership benefits
  • General business

All staff are encouraged to take the time to meet with us on these visits and raise any questions, issues, or concerns. Membership forms will be available for non-members to sign up on the day.

Please remember that the PSA can only represent its members.

Put a copy of this on your notice board and bring along a colleague – strong membership means a strong union!

Any questions, please contact:

Roland Harris
rharris@psa.asn.au

Asren Pugh
apugh@psa.asn.au

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