TAFE NSW – Leave without pay

Sep 15, 2017

TAFE NSW – Leave without pay – September 2017 (PDF version)

The CPSU NSW has received a number of enquiries relating to the rejection of Leave Without Pay and the issues this raises around the flexibility for our members to be able to balance their work and life obligations.

We have been advised there is a lack of clarity over Leave Without Pay and when it can and will be approved and if other forms of leave need to be taken first.

We are seeking feedback from our members to put together a submission to direct TAFE to have clear policy and guidelines around the approval process as well as consideration for members’ needs.

If you have had your Leave Without Pay declined recently, we’d like to hear from you.

Please provide your information to tafe@psa.asn.au to allow the CPSU NSW to have a clear and concise view or the issues and give us the information to raise the concerns with TAFE.

If you have any concerns, please forward them to us at tafe@psa.asn.au.

The CPSU NSW will be advocating for members only, so staff who are affected and not yet members will need to join the CPSU NSW today. If you know anyone in this position, please talk with them about joining now.

Share this update with your colleagues; ask your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW; remind your colleagues that they can also save money if they JOIN THE CPSU through the Union’s Value Added Services.

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

Value-added services: only for members of the CPSU NSW

Journey Insurance comes automatically for all CPSU NSW members. This covers you for lost wages if you have an accident to or from work. Workers’ compensation does not cover journey claims.

A Provident Fund is including for all CPSU NSW members. This provides a one-off payment of $3,500 to the nominated beneficiary or estate for any member under 70 who dies.

Union Shopper is also available, which provides discounts on a wide range of products and services from cars, whitegoods, travel, wine, restaurants and grocery shopping. Through Union Shopper you reduce your grocery costs by five per cent through Woolworths and Coles gift cards.

For members who spend $150 a week on groceries, this can save you $15 a week, or $780 a year. Membership fees for the CPSU NSW range from $3.55 per week to $14.50 per week and are tax deductible.

For further details around even more Value Added Services, see visit our website HERE.



ATSI members called to lunch meeting

Sep 15, 2017

ATSI members called to lunch meeting – September 2017 (PDF version)

Dear members,

Enterprise bargaining at the University of Newcastle is picking up pace after a cautious beginning.

At the next session on 27 September the agenda will prioritise the Indigenous Employment clause.

CPSU NSW has prepared a draft we need to have endorsed by the people who will be affected by it, namely all our members who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

We are organising a meeting for that purpose and ask you to attend. Copies of the draft will be available on the day.

Wednesday 20 September 2017

12 noon – 1.00pm

Wollotuka, Callaghan Campus

RSVP to newcastle@psa.asn.au to let us know you will be attending.

CST members: Know your union, stay united!

Sep 14, 2017

CST members – Know your union, stay united – September 2017 (PDF version)

The past month has been a very challenging time for Clinical Services and CST members across the state as you moved into the private sector and adjusted to your new employer.

Many concerns members had before the privatisation have been realised. These have resulted in your union, the CPSU NSW, initiating legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission in an effort to enforce your rights.

This is not our first preference, which is to resolve issues at the local level.

The only way we can build strong consultative structures that are respected by your employer is by remaining vigilant and united as CPSU NSW members.

The strength of your union comes from you.

To support the work of the CPSU NSW in your workplace make sure everyone knows who the delegates are and encourage all non-members to join their colleagues and become a CPSU NSW member.


 Your CST Advisory Group delegates are:

»    Bronwyn Couch »    Susan Lappan
»    Cheryl Jones »    Itaru Yamamoto
»    Helen Goltzoff »    Kim Ainsworth
»    Kathy Nash »    Jessie Hartley
»    Kylie Fulton »    Craig Maynard
»    Tomas Buratovich »    Wynette Sheather

If you’re interested in becoming a delegate let your organiser know or email us at DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au.

Still haven’t switched to Direct Debit payments?

Or don’t know how you pay your fees? Email us at DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au to check, we will let you know if you need to switch.


Download the switch form HERE, fill it in and email it back to us at membership@psa.asn.au. You can contact our membership department direct on 1300 772 679.

Protecting your membership so that you have your union and its collective strength behind you when bargaining for conditions is the only way to make sure you get fair outcomes.

PSA/CPSU NSW has won! Your rostering principals are protected

Sep 13, 2017

PSA/CPSU NSW has won – Your rostering principals are protected – September 2017 (PDF version)

The fight to protect the rostering principles has been long and hard.

At every turn the Government has refused to safeguard the conditions you already enjoy, putting in jeopardy your access to penalty rated shifts and a fair and equitable workplace.

But we did not give up! On 30 August 2017 your union the PSA/CPSU NSW won the court case to protect your conditions post privatisation.

Download the pay rise poster HERE and put it up on your notice board.

An important win for members

Your rostering principles and paid special leave have been locked in and protected. We have also won your pay rise this year which will be backdated until 1 July 2017.

Only by the PSA/CPSU NSW fighting for your conditions has this win been possible.

Now more than ever it is important to be a member of your union. With so much uncertainty in a privatised world having your union behind you is the only way to protect your conditions and win in the future.

Make sure everyone in your group home is a member. Join easily online at www.psa.asn.au or email us at DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au for a form.

Members and delegates, remain vigilant

It is important to remain vigilant. If rostering issues arise, make sure you let your delegate know so that they can be easily and quickly resolved using the rostering principles.

Congratulations and thank you to all those involved in the dispute, we are only as strong as our members and delegates.

Want a visit to your team meeting?

Contact your delegate or organiser to arrange a visit to your workplace.

You can contact the PSA direct at DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au or 1300 772 679.

You can support the work of the PSA and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union.

Crown Solicitor’s Office – Open-plan office proposal update

Sep 13, 2017

Crown Solicitor’s Office – Open plan office proposal update – September 2017 (PDF version)

A union meeting was held at the CSO on the 12 September 2017 to discuss the proposal by the Crown Solicitor’s Office management to move to an open-plan office layout.

At this meeting numerous and wide-ranging concerns were raised by members about the plan. These included, but were not limited to: confidentiality of sensitive documents and matters, maintaining clients’ confidence, lack of privacy, cramped work spaces, loss of productivity, lower concentration, increased employee dissatisfaction, lack of consultation and transparency and work, health and safety issues.

CSO management has not adequately consulted the PSA, as it is obligated to do so under Section 65 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.

The PSA will meet with CSO management on 13 September 2017 and will request the following:

  1. The halting of any progress on the open-plan office proposal.
  2. The commencement of genuine consultation with the PSA regarding the CSO’s intended plan in accordance with the 1997 Consultative Arrangements: Policy and Guidelines. To enable transparency and effective consultation the PSA will reiterate its request for a detailed Change Management Plan and documented risk assessment in accordance with the Department’s obligations pursuant to Sections 17, 19 and 47 of the Work Health Safety Act 2011 and Regulation 40 of the Work Health Safety Regulation 2011. Consultation should only conclude until the PSA is satisfied with the proposal.

Refusal by CSO management to these requests will result in the PSA lodging a dispute with the Industrial Relations Commission on the grounds of lack of consultation.

Your feedback

The PSA are seeking the feedback of members on the proposal. Send your concerns about the current proposal and ideas on how the fit-out can be amended more satisfactorily to your PSA delegates by COB 18 September. All concerns will be collated into one document.

Your PSA delegates are:

Leigh Plater (x 85377) – Senior Solicitor

Teri Southwell (x 85410) – Legal & Financial System Administration Officer

Your PSA staff are:

Surabi Alauddin – Organiser

Andrew Boulton – Industrial Officer

Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au, or see your delegates for Membership Forms.

Stronger, Together – A unionised workplace is a fairer one!

Illawarra disability workplace group delegate elections

Sep 12, 2017

Illawarra disability workplace group delegate elections – September 2017 (PDF version)

Come and celebrate your union wins!

Rostering principles protected, 2.5% pay rises locked in.

On 28 September, PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright will attend your workplace group elections to celebrate the PSA/CPSU NSW win in court to protect your rostering principles and make sure you get public sector pay-rises post privatisation.

Enjoy some light refreshments on us…

Thursday, 28 September 2017


Robert Jenkins Room – Berkeley Sports

5 Wilkinson Street, Berkeley

Call for nominations

We will also be holding elections for your workplace group committee delegates to make sure you have a strong and active union in the private sector.

Nominations are called for the following positions:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Vice Chair
  • Women’s Officer
  • Mount View Delegate

To nominate, download the nomination form, have it seconded by two other members and email it to elections@psa.asn.au by 5pm on 25 September 2017.

You can download the nomination form HERE.

Non-members welcome to attend to sign up on the night.

For more information contact the PSA on 1300 772 679 or email DisabilityCPSUNSW@psa.asn.au.



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