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.

Special Constables member bulletin

Feb 21, 2018

Special Constables member bulletin – February 2018 (PDF version)

Recent security upgrades to Parramatta Police Headquarters have included the construction of a more secure traffic box at the driveway entrance. The PSA supports these upgrades to the extent that they improve the safety and security of Special Constables and the rest of the staff within the building.

Members at the site have raised concerns with PSA staff about the design of the traffic box, in particular the fact that the door swings outwards into exiting traffic. This presents a serious work health and safety risk to members in the event a car were to collide with the door as they exit the traffic box.

The PSA only became aware of these concerns recently and was not involved in the design phase of the traffic box.

The risks have been raised with NSW Police which has undertaken a commitment that the temporary traffic box will remain in use until the issue is resolved.

The PSA will be conducting a risk assessment on site this week and will liaise with NSW Police to address the risks identified. Staff should not be working out of the new traffic box whilst this process continues. The PSA will advise once an agreement has been reached.

Members who would like to raise any contributions on the matter can contact their Advisory Group delegates:

  • Dannie Abel – Chair
  • Tony Saraceno – Vice-Chair

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

Professional Standard Command – Re-engineering members’ meeting

Jan 29, 2018

Professional Standard Command – Re-engineering members’ meeting – January 2018 (PDF version)

On Thursday 25 January, the PSA attended a consultation meeting on Re-engineering within the Professional Standards Command.

The PSA was presented with an Organisational Chart and advised of affected positions. However, the PSA raised concerns about the adequacy of the consultation process as members had not yet been given an opportunity to have meaningful input into the changes in the Command.

As such, NSW Police agreed to postpone the planned meeting with staff originally scheduled for 30 January. The PSA has been advised of the proposed changes and intends to consult members on the changes and collate feedback at a members’ meeting:

Tuesday 30 January

12:00pm

Level 4 Meeting Room

Feedback will then be submitted to NSW Police through the consultation process by COB Friday 2 February. Members wishing to have a confidential conversation directly after this meeting will also be able to do so.

Please note that this meeting will be for PSA members only. If you are not already a member, you can join ahead of the meeting HERE or by filling out an application form on the day.

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

NSW Police Radio (Penrith) PSA meeting notice

Jan 24, 2018

NSW Police Radio (Penrith) PSA meeting notice – January 2018 (PDF version)

PSA staff will be in attendance at your site to discuss any issues or hear feedback, as well as to answer any questions on the two recent ballots put to members:

  • Resolution of meal/crib break dispute
  • Conversion to full time positions

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

2.00pm – 3.00pm

LUNCHROOM

All Police Radio staff are strongly encouraged to speak with us during their breaks to discuss these or any other matters. If you are not available but would like to organise a visit on your relief, please contact Roland Harris: rharris@psa.asn.au.

Non-members are also welcome to come and have a chat about the benefits of joining the PSA and membership forms will be available.

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

PSA 2018 meeting dates – Parramatta Police Headquarters

Jan 19, 2018

PSA 2018 meeting dates – Parramatta Police Headquarters – January 2018 (PDF version)

The PSA would like to wish members in NSW Police a Happy New Year. We look forward to continuing to work in solidarity with you all in 2018.

This year will bring new challenges as re-engineering changes continue across the state. With these changes, it is more important than ever that members remain as engaged as possible in the way their workplaces are run.

Your Departmental Committee delegates meet quarterly at PSA House to discuss and progress issues in the agency. Along with PSA industrial staff, they also attend a bi-monthly Joint Consultative Committee with Employee Relations and Management where collective issues raised by members like yourself can be addressed.

The PSA is strongly involved in this process through the Re-engineering Taskforce and continues to advocate for members individually and collectively through this mechanism.

The PSA can only represent its members

At Parramatta Police Headquarters, there will be regular monthly members meetings as follows:

 12:00pm -1:00pm
(feel free to attend for a shorter period)

  • Wednesday 14 February (Goulburn Room)
  • Wednesday 14 March (Goulburn Room)
  • Wednesday 18 April (Carrathool Room)
  • Wednesday 9 May (Cullen-Bullen Room)
  • Wednesday 20 June (Goulburn Room)
  • Wednesday 25 July (Oaklands Room)
  • Wednesday 15 August (Carrathool Room)
  • Wednesday 12 September (Cullen-Bullen Room)
  • Wednesday 17 October (Boomi Room)
  • Wednesday 14 November (Carrathool Room)
  • Wednesday 12 December (Ryde Room)

If you would like to organise a specific meeting or visit in your Command, or to get more involved as a workplace delegate or contact, please email:

Roland Harris: rharris@psa.asn.au

PLEASE ENSURE A COPY OF THIS BULLETIN IS PUT ON YOUR UNION NOTICEBOARD

The PSA is your protection in the workplace. Make sure your colleagues are covered too by checking that they’re in the PSA. A union workplace is a fairer workplace.

Special Constables bulletin – PSA concerns see One-Out Overwatch scrapped

Dec 20, 2017

Special Constables bulletin – PSA concerns see One-Out Overwatch scrapped – December 2017 (PDF version)

PSA delegates and industrial staff have had ongoing meetings with NSW Police on the practice of ‘Overwatch’, raising strong concerns about the work health and safety (WHS) issues members have raised with us.

When the practice was implemented, the PSA was surprised to learn that no risk assessment had been conducted, and it was immediately agreed that ‘One-Out Overwatch’ would be suspended whilst the risk assessment was undertaken.

The position of PSA delegates and staff from the beginning has been that no Special Constable should ever be directed to perform Overwatch ‘One-Out’, including to cover the front of buildings while colleagues went on patrol.

Given the current risk and security environment, the PSA maintains there should always be a minimum of two people positioned outside.

The PSA notes the industrial dispute Police Officer colleagues and their union ran in recent years arguing successfully for the discontinuation of ‘Single Unit Policing’.

Following the completion of the risk assessment, NSW Police informed the PSA that it did not intend to release the document, citing security clearance and privacy issues.

This put the PSA in a position of being asked to drop a safety dispute based on a document to which we were not being given access.

As such, there was no choice but to refuse the re-implementation of the practice unless proper consultation occurred on the risk assessment.

The PSA is pleased to advise that NSW Police confirmed at the most recent meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) on 13 December that it no longer intends for Overwatch to be performed One-Out at any time.

An email direction should now have gone to all staff indicating that the practice is to be performed by two officers at all times.

This is to protect the WHS rights of all Special Constables.

An ongoing foot traffic survey being undertaken by NSW Police will determine the hours that Overwatch will be required to be performed at PHQ and SPC.

In the meantime, the PSA has written to NSW Police advising that performing Overwatch Two-Out and providing members at SPC and PHQ with the crib breaks to which they are entitled under the award requires an additional Special Constable on each shift at each site. Supervisors should not be systematically relied on to plug these gaps; they should be supervising staff.

The PSA intends to protect the award entitlements of its members.

A copy of the letter can be seen HERE.

If you would like to organise a PSA visit to your site, or for any feedback/concerns, please contact:

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