Digital Education Revolution Funding Fight Resolved

Feb 18, 2013
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580 Digital Education Revolution staff were caught between a State and Federal Government funding dispute.
On Wednesday afternoon the Deputy Director General of Schools sent an email out to staff stating that if the funding issue wasn’t resolved the temporary employment contracts for Technology Support Officers would end in March 2013.
By Thursday morning the Deputy Director General was retracting his statement as over $20 million of Digital Education Revolution National Partnership funding would be paid on 7 March ensuring the Laptops for Learning program will continue through 2013.
PSA members are happy to see the issue resolved but are less than pleased with the Departments careless communication and blatant scare tactics. A Technology Support Officer said that they were tired of being treated like a political football.
This is not the first time their positions have been threatened in the political arena, in the 2010 federal election the Coalition had committed to ending the program.
Since coming into schools in 2009 Technology Support Officers  have made a valuable contribution, working well and truly beyond the original scope of their position in supporting NSW public schools.
It also highlights the ongoing job security issue that many NSW Government temporary employees face.
Join the “Our Jobs Support Education” campaign by visiting: http://supporteducation.com.au/
Sue Walsh, President, phone 02 9220 0900

Road Maintenance Contestability

Feb 13, 2013

Just a Another Name for Outsourcing

PDF DOWNLOAD : Road Maintenance Contestability Bulletin

More jobs are at risk following the O’Farrell government’s announcement of their intention to outsource Road Maintenance in the Sydney Region, and prohibit RMS from competing for tenders. This has caused widespread concern amongst PSA depot members whose jobs are now in the firing line. The Association opposes this blatant attack on the livelihoods of its members.PSA meetings have been held at each affected depot and the overwhelming response from you, the members, is that this is a bad decision that will have a negative affect on the workers and the community.

The PSA opposes the outsourcing of any work currently undertaken by its members. What makes this worse is that PSA members have been left out in the cold when it comes to options to transition to the new company.The Government’s media comments regarding the outsourcing allege that working with the private sector will deliver better services at a lower cost with greater innovation. PSA members believe these comments are misleading and fundamentally flawed on a number of fronts as they create the perception that the highly skilled professional services provided by public servants are substandard and seek to diminish the viability of keeping the service ‘in house’.

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The Association has been informed that a consultative forum will be set up between the Unions, Treasury and Transport for NSW with RMS taking an advisory role only. This forum will be where the PSA can negotiate on behalf of its members, but with Road Maintenance Contestability likely to be taken to Cabinet in two weeks time it’s too little, too late.
Stop work meetings
The PSA is aware that Unions covering wages staff are holding a stop work meeting on Wednesday 13 February regarding the outsourcing of Road Maintenance. We support these Unions in their action. However, based on your feedback, The PSA has determined to hold a separate member meeting, to reflect the different challenges faced by salaried staff.
The details of this meeting will be provided in the next couple of days, and we encourage all impacted members to participate.
We need your help!
Members have reported that Road Maintenance brings in significant profits, and that RMS consistently delivers better work and outcomes for the people of NSW. The PSA is seeking examples of this so that we can clearly show that outsourcing road maintenance is a bad decision that will only benefit big business. We need to demonstrate to both the community and the government that you’re far more valuable in terms of revenue and corporate knowledge and therefore should, as a minimum, be given the opportunity to put in an internal bid.
Please urgently send examples to the contact email below.
What can I do?
1. Join the PSA.
2. Talk to colleagues about these issues and encourage them to join the PSA and get involved.
3. Contact the PSA so we can help you write to and visit your local member about this issue.
4. Contact us to find out how you can assist in the campaign and negotiations to oppose the outsourcing.
5. Attend PSA meetings over the coming weeks and encourage others to do the same.
Our best chance to protect your jobs is by staying united!
Contacts
RMS Departmental Committee Delegates
Tom Thompson, Chair North Sydney
Wayne O’Mara , Secretary North Sydney
Mark T Gordon, Delegate Octagon Building Parramatta
Janet Miller, Delegate Octagon Building Parramatta
Philip Mortimer, Delegate TMC, Eveleigh
Barry Warner, Delegate Armidale Motor Registry
Darryl West, Delegate Bankstown Motor Registry
Carl Schokman, Delegate Hornsby Motor Registry
Jarrod Martin, Delegate Newcastle Motor Registry
Keith Furner, Delegate Contact Centre Newcastle
Peter Bache, Delegate Bega
Peter McGlynn, Delegate Dubbo Vehicle Regs
Claire Everett, Delegate Grafton
Martin Tighe, Delegate Parkes
Wayne Green, Delegate Wollongong Regional Office
RMS Delegate to Central Council
Kate Doherty Argyle St. Parramatta
RMS Delegates to Women’s Council
Claire Everett Grafton
Janet Miller Parramatta
Dianne Morison Wollongong
Inspectors Vehicle Regulation Advisory Group
Arthur Giatras Botany
Timothy Smith Carrington
Greg Plim Coffs Harbour
Peter McGlynn Dubbo
Oscar Yates Dubbo
Craig Whybrow Mount Boyce
John Lievore Mount White
Greg Anderson Penrith
Stephen Bennett Silverwater
Wayne Jones Tamworth
Arnold Freeman Young
PSA Staff – Sydney
Siobhan Callinan, Organiser 9220 0930
Bart McKenzie, Organiser 9220 0929
Ian Braithwaite, Organiser
Sydney/Newcastle (IVRs) 9220 0900
Ian Lambert, Industrial Officer 9220 0955
rta@psa.asn.au
PSA Staff – Regional Organisers

(Phone – FREECALL 1800 467 932)
Tony Heathwood Wollongong
Michelle Mackintosh Wagga Wagga
Stephen Mears Tamworth
Paul James Newcastle
John Campbell Lismore
Michael Fogarty Bathurst

CORRECTIVE SERVICES CUTS WILL PUT DUBBO COMMUNITY AT RISK

Feb 12, 2013

12 Corrective Services jobs are to be cut in Dubbo when the Community Compliance and Monitoring Group (CCMG) office closes as part of a State-wide restructure by Corrective Services NSW. According to the Western Plains Community Union Alliance the job cuts will mean
high-risk offenders will no longer be supervised and monitored after business hours and on weekends. The CCMG currently monitors extreme high-risk offenders on Parole Orders and Good Behaviour Bonds such as murderers, sex offenders, offenders with links to Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs (OMCG), offenders subject to electronic monitoring, offenders on Home Detention Orders as well as Intensive Corrections Orders.
Officers conduct unannounced home visits both during and after business hours (including weekends and public holidays), and urine drug tests and alcohol breath testing to ensure offenders comply with the conditions of their Orders.

Read the full story here

WELCOME BACK TO THE 2013 SCHOOL YEAR- SAS Email Bulletin Feb 2013

Feb 4, 2013

In this edition: PERMANENCY FOR LONG TERM TEMPORARY SAS STAFF, REDUNDANCY CASE, WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY and more

Download: SAS News Bulletin 4 Feb

PERMANENCY FOR LONG TERM TEMPORARY SAS STAFF
Congratulations to the many members who now have permanent hours due to the Permanency for Long Term Temporary Employees case won by the PSA in 2012.
If you were successful in gaining permanent hours, did you know you can submit an application for transfer (also referred to as a service transfer) for additional permanent hours or a full time position? The additional hours/position can be at the current school or another school.
If your permanent hours have been reduced, you have the option of accepting the reduction or submitting a nominated transfer form to maintain hours by being placed on a priority list to gain hours at another school where a vacancy exists.
Note: Nominated transfers have priority over service transfers
REDUNDANCY CASE
The PSA has achieved a great result for our members. Permanent SAS Staff are now eligible for redundancy under the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) Managing Excess SASS Employees Policy.
Please note: SAS Staff cannot request a voluntary redundancy. If a position is abolished a voluntary redundancy will be offered by DEC in cases where alternative employment cannot be provided.
SAS Staff who resign or retire are not eligible for redundancy provisions
WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY
The PSA is happy to report to our members that it has negotiated a number of successful “Return to Work” programmes for members who have been injured at work. If members have WH&S issues please contact the PSA for assistance and make arrangements for a workplace visit if required.
2013 ONGOING ISSUES
LONG TERM TEMPORARY SAS STAFF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR PERMANENCY
Long Term Temps who meet the criteria can apply for permanency through the Expression of Interest (EOI) process set out in the 2012 Determination; details of the criteria and process can be accessed on the Department’s Intranet site, under the heading HR.
GENERAL ASSISTANTS
The PSA is involved in ongoing consultation with DEC regarding Safe Operating Procedures and Working Alone procedures. Members will be kept informed of the outcome of the consultation through regular updates.
Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) – it is expected that these procedures will be rolled out by the Department in Term 1.
This year there will be at least four General Assistant working party meetings and the PSA is also composing a GA specific newsletter. If you have a topic or an issue you would like to include in the newsletter contact your GA Organiser Greg Adnum by email or phone: gadnum@psa.asn.au or 0400 060 961.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT AWARD
In early December 2012, the PSA held discussions with the Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, Mike Baird about the Government’s attack on NSW public sector workers’ conditions of employment, which will have a flow on affect to the award that covers SAS Staff, including cuts to annual leave loading entitlements, FACs leave and flexible working conditions. PSA members have made it clear that they will continue the fight to maintain conditions of employment that have been won by the PSA over many years.
This message was conveyed to the PSA at the well attended stop work meeting on October 8 last year.
The matter is back before the Industrial Relations Commission on 12 February 2013. Look at the general PSA emails for updates.
PSA SURVEY FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION MANAGERS
The PSA would like to thank the participants for the overwhelming response in regards to the recent survey on School Administration Managers. The information has been collated and will be used in ongoing negotiations with the Department. The PSA will continue discussions with DEC regarding any proposal to introduce Business Managers in schools and ensuring Administrative Managers are not disadvantaged. Senior PSA officials and staff met in January and decided to seek further advice in relation to this issue.
REDUNDANCIES
The PSA is appealing the decision to exclude long term temporary employees from redundancy provisions. The Department has issued a policy outlining redundancy provisions, however the PSA is pursuing a redundancy clause to be inserted into the award. A Government policy can be changed without agreement with the PSA, whereas an award can only be varied by consent. This case is before the Commission February 2013.
SCHOOL LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICERS (SLSOS)
Appeals for permanency
This issue has been before the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) for a long time, with the Department being slow to provide the Association with information supporting decisions on the appeals. With the assistance of the President of the IRC, the PSA met with the Deputy Director General of DEC to progress discussions on remaining appeals arising from the 2011 permanency for long term temporary staff process. The parties have now agreed on an outcome for the majority of these appeals and the Department is in the process of advising members of the outcomes. In other cases the parties agree the Department needs to make further contact with Principals before a final decision can be made. The parties will report back to the IRC later in February.
SLSOs Pre School
By 1 January 2014 SLSOs Preschool must have or be working towards a Children’s Services qualification at minimum Certificate III level (eg Certificate III Child Care).
The PSA will be meeting with the Department to discuss the implementation and raise any concerns regarding the new requirements. Members will be kept informed of outcomes of the meetings.
GENERAL INFORMATION
MEMBER COMMUNICATION/CHANGE OF DETAILS
Email and SMS are quick and efficient ways of keeping members updated. That is why the PSA is asking all members to contact us with personal (used during vacation period) and school email address and mobile number, as soon as possible.
If your name, school or contact details have changed, please contact PSA Membership on 9220 0900 extension 238.
ONSITE INFORMATION SESSIONS
The PSA encourages SAS Staff to book their PSA Organiser to visit your school to run an Information Session, at a time that is convenient for members. If you are not sure who the Organiser is for your area, please contact PSA on 9220 0900 and ask for the Schools Team.

ONGOING BANS IN 2013
The following PSA bans are still in place:
• FM Web
• Cash flow budgeting
• SMS Texting
• 3rd party software
Please continue to uphold these bans. They are in place to protect members.
Why not join a PARENT LOBBY GROUP?
The PSA is looking to establish a Public Education Lobby Group. Many PSA members are parents and grandparents and the lobby group will provide an opportunity to show support for public education and to lobby against cuts to education, including cuts to funding for students with additional needs.
The PSA invites members to be part of the Public Education Lobby Group. If you would like to join the lobby group email
schools@psa.asn.au to register your interest.
If you are not a PSA member …
Join the union now
On-line application
www.psa.asn.au
You can contact the PSA Schools Team on schools@psa.asn.au or on 1800 467 932 or
9220 0900 and ask for the Schools Team.
Sue Walsh, Maria Cirillo,
PSA President Senior Industrial Officer
Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, Public Service Association of NSW, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2001

 

Final Report, Closure of the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence

Feb 4, 2013

A Parliamentary Select Committee was established on 21 June 2012 to inquire into and report on the closure of the Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre of Excellence. To download this report click here.

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