Rural Fire Service bulletin

Jan 11, 2018

Rural Fire Service bulletin – January 2018 (PDF version)

Award variation lodgement

The PSA lodged an application in the Industrial Relation Commission (IRC) to vary the Crown Employees (Rural Fire Service) Award on 22 December 2017.

Your union filed the application on behalf of members to clarify when penalty rates (overtime) are payable. We will provide an update after the first hearing at the IRC.

Work health and safety – establishment of workgroups

At the request of members, the PSA wrote to the Rural Fire Service in late 2017 requesting the commencement of negotiations for workgroups and the election Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).

HSRs are important as they are elected by workers to represent the interests of workers in their workgroup for work health and safety (WHS) matters.

HSRs have a number of functions based on consultation around WHS.

Trained HSRs also have the power to direct other workers and management to cease unsafe work.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Bullying

The NSW Government is currently conducting an Inquiry into bullying and other issues in emergency services agencies, including the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The employer has provided a submission and answers to questions on notice, as well as being interviewed by the Committee conducting the Inquiry.

The PSA expects to provide further evidence at a hearing date yet to be decided.

Many thanks to members and delegates for their interest and support for the Inquiry.

Workplace visits and meetings

Your union will be visiting Rural Fire Services offices and headquarters in the coming months to engage with delegates, members, and non-members to build strength on the ground.

The initial focus will be updating members on:

  • The Rural Fire Service Award
  • Work health and safety
  • Discussing local issues – including reviews/restructures
  • Encouraging members to get involved in their union by becoming an area contact or delegate
  • Encouraging non-members to join the PSA

If you would like to arrange a meeting at your workplace, please email Bart McKenzie

Your Rural Fire Service Delegates Committee (DC)

Your delegates are:

Jim Killen

Ivan Perkins

Kam Baker

Ashley Frank

Damian Oborn

Andrew Kaye

Chris Wallbridge

 Your PSA staff:

Andrew Boulton
PSA Industrial Officer

Bart McKenzie
PSA Senior Organiser

What can you do?

  • Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues.
  • Print this bulletin and put it up on your notice board.
  • Ask a colleague to join the PSA.
  • Get involved as your Area Contact

Fire and Rescue NSW survey

Jan 11, 2018

Fire and Rescue NSW survey – January 2018 (PDF version)

Fire and Rescue NSW have provided the PSA with the following draft fleet policy documents for consultation:

  • Minor Motor Vehicle Policy and Procedures HERE.
  • Minor Motor Vehicle Functional Specifications & Response Levels Guidelines HERE.

The PSA would like feedback from members regarding these documents.

Any concerns or suggestions from members will form the basis of the PSA’s response to FRNSW.

Please submit your comments by Wednesday, 17 January 2018 via the survey link HERE.

Frank Baxter Work Place Group AGM

Jan 11, 2018

Frank Baxter Work Place Group AGM – January 2018 (PDF version)

Official notice was given on 17 October 2017 for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Frank Baxter Workplace Group to be held on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the AGM had to be postponed and the rescheduled AGM will now be held at:


25 January 2018

Training Room, Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre

General Secretary Stewart Little will also be attending.

All positions are up for election, please see attached form HERE.

To nominate yourself to be a workplace delegate and have a voice for your workplace, please complete the attached nomination form HERE and send to PSA returning officer, Gino DiCandilo at by 5pm Monday 22 January 2018.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor, either by nominating oneself or another member. Elected delegates will be provided with training and support from PSA staff.

Please update your details on the link HERE to ensure that you are eligible to vote or if not a member sign up so that you can have your say.

Overwhelming vote authorises protected action

Jan 11, 2018

Almost all combined union members at Ausgrid who participated in the Protected Action Ballot have voted ‘YES’ to authorise all listed industrial actions.

Read the full joint unions bulletin HERE.

CPSU NSW wins $500 Sign-On Bonus for staff made redundant in the final week of 2017

Jan 10, 2018

CPSU NSW wins $500 Sign-On Bonus for staff made redundant in the final week of 2017 – January 2018 (PDF version)

On 14 December last year, WSU staff returned an overwhelming 98.58 per cent YES vote in favour of the new Professional Staff enterprise agreement.

In addition to significant improvements to current conditions around workloads, organisational change and redeployment, superannuation, parental leave, and domestic violence leave, the new agreement includes a $500 sign-on bonus, “paid in the last full pay period of 2017”.

As you know, 2017 was a particularly tumultuous year for WSU staff.

The Shared Services restructures directly affected almost all of the university’s Professional Staff, and the decision to outsource campus security in the latter part of the year saw yet another in-house service move to the private sector.

Many staff – some with more than 20 years’ dedicated service to the organization – found they no longer had a job, and accepted redundancies. A significant number of these staff exited the university on 20 December.

The final slap in the face for those staff being made redundant in the lead-up to Christmas was the university’s decision not to honour the $500 sign-on bonus for anyone who was no longer employed on 28 December.

On 20 December 2017, CPSU NSW wrote to the university to remind it of its legal and moral obligation to honour the $500 sign-on bonus for staff who were employed at the time of the vote, but who were made redundant in the final working week of the year.

You can read that letter HERE.

CPSU NSW is pleased to report that as a result of these efforts, the university has reversed its decision.

The $500 sign-on bonus will now be paid to all staff who exited the university between 14 December and 28 December 2017.

CPSU NSW is the union for Professional Staff at WSU.

We are stronger together.

Join the CPSU NSW online HERE.

Please note:

CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

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Southern Cross University – Log of claims survey

Jan 10, 2018

Southern Cross University – Log of claims survey – January 2018 (PDF version)

CPSU NSW wishes all members a very Happy New Year; welcome to 2018!

Your current enterprise agreement expires this year, and the CPSU NSW bargaining team will be meeting with management on 12 February to begin negotiations for its replacement.

Before this can happen, we need to decide what claims we would like to make.

We will be holding an online survey to decide what goes into our log of claims. This is your chance to tell us which of your current conditions you love, which you’d like to see changed, and any new things you’d like to see added. Please follow the link HERE, and have your say.

The survey will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 24 January.

Once the results are gathered, a copy of the final log of claims will be distributed prior to our first enterprise bargaining meeting on 12 February.

For any further information or feedback, please contact one of your CPSU NSW bargaining representatives:

Asren Pugh – Regional Organiser

Toni Ledgerwood – SCU Branch President

Shelley Odewahn

Jen Mitchell – Industrial Officer

You can support your Professional Staff Bargaining Team by:

  • Sharing this update with your colleagues
  • Asking your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW online HERE.
  • And provide feedback to your Bargaining Team.

Please note:

CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.


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