Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee Elections Open Now!

Feb 13, 2018

Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee – Elections Open Now – February 2018 (PDF version)

  • Would you like to become more involved in your union?
  • Interested in working with PSA members across CS Community Corrections?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Nominations are open for delegates to the CS Community Corrections DC.

The notice of the DC Election appeared in the January-March Red Tape. Nominations have been extended until 23 February 2018.

You can download a nomination form from the PSA website at: http://psa.asn.au/election-nomination-forms

You can also view Red Tape online on the PSA website click HERE – go to page 33 to see the notice of the DC election.

If you would like to find out more about the CS Community Corrections DC or how to nominate, please email elections@psa.asn.au.

If you want to have a say and be part of a collective effort to protect and improve your workplace conditions then this is an opportunity to do so.

Delegates: The Backbone of the Union

Southern Cross University – Enterprise Agreement negotiations begin

Feb 13, 2018

Southern Cross University – Enterprise Agreement negotiations begin – February 2018 (PDF version)

Yesterday your CPSU bargaining team held its first meeting with management and the other bargaining representatives.

We presented the log of claims that you endorsed; see the final version HERE.

Management also presented its log of claims and we discussed bargaining protocols and time frames.

Overall it was the hope of all parties that negotiations would not drag on as they did last time and we could provided certainty for the university and for members who have overwhelmingly stated job security is their primary concern.

Your union also requested an update on the university’s financial situation, particularly given the Federal Government’s latest cuts announced last year.

Our next meeting with management is on 26 February and we will keep you updated throughout.

For any further information or feedback, please contact one of your CPSU NSW Bargaining Representatives:

Asren Pugh – Regional Organiser
apugh@psa.asn.au

Toni Ledgerwood – SCU Branch President
toni.ledgerwood@scu.edu.au

Shelley Odewahn
shelley.odewahn@scu.edu.au

Marnya Flanegan
marnya.flanagan@scu.edu.au

Luke Davis
luke.davis@scu.edu.au

Blake Stephens – Industrial Manager
bstephens@psa.asn.au

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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DFSI bulletin – IRC hearing on labour hire statistics

Feb 13, 2018

DFSI bulletin – IRC hearing on labour hire statistics – February 2018 (PDF version)

In April of 2017 the Audit Office published a report which highlighted many concerns with the way Public Service Agencies manage their contingent workforce.

The report highlighted the use of labour hire to provide essential public services had doubled in five years from nearly $500 million in 2010-11, to more than $1.1 billion in 2015/16. This is the equivalent of 13,620 full-time permanent public servants, paid at the 2016 NSW public sector median salary of $81,649. The latest figure for 2016/17 is $1.3 billion.

Since 2011, 20,000 permanent public servants have lost their jobs due to continual restructuring, downsizing and so-called efficiency dividends. The services these public servants provided to the community were in many cases axed or, in other cases, agencies moved to employ temporary, insecure labour hire workers to do the same work.

Not only are state/public funds being siphoned off to private employment agencies; this is clearly a major issue affecting our members. The Department has failed to appropriately consult about its use of labour hire, in accordance with Clause 65 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.

The PSA raised our concerns with the DFSI executive at a September JCC and in November 2017 we wrote to DFSI Secretary Martin Hoffman advising him that, as the employee representative body, it is expected the Department is compliant with the Public Service Commission’s guidelines around the issue, and the Audit Offices recommendations. We sought consultation on the issue to begin forthwith. We specifically requested the Department release to the PSA:

  1. details of how DFSI currently manages its contingent workforce
  2. How this system complies with the PSC Guidelines around contingent labour and/or how DFSI intends to do so in future;
  3. Details around DFSI’s current use of contingent labour including numbers, positions, costs and any other details pertinent to addressing issues affecting PSA members; and
  4. Details of how the Department intends to meet its consultative requirements over the use of contingent labour on a regular basis.

Secretary Hoffman expressed his willingness to use public servants for public service roles, however he was not willing to release the statistics requested.

The PSA is here for the protection of all Award employees so in early February the PSA escalated the matter to the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), where we argued that for effective and meaningful consultation to occur the Department must share all relevant information with the Association.

Why is the Department dragging the chain when it comes to the release of this information? Is it afraid to expose a lack of fiscal responsibility?

Ultimately the IRC recognised the reasonableness of the PSA’s request and made a recommendation inviting the Department to provide a written response to the PSA’s original November letter. The parties have the option of reporting back to the Commission on Friday 16 February pending whether a satisfactory resolution has been reached.

Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee Elections Open Now!

Feb 13, 2018

Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee – Elections Open Now – February 2018 (PDF version)

  • Would you like to become more involved in your union?
  • Interested in working with PSA members across NCAT?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Nominations are open for delegates to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) Advisory Group.

The notice of the DC Election appeared in the January-March Red Tape. Nominations have been extended until 23 February 2018.

You can download a nomination form from the PSA website at: http://psa.asn.au/election-nomination-forms

You can also view Red Tape online on the PSA website click HERE – go to page 33 to see the notice of the DC election.

If you would like to find out more about the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) Advisory Group or how to nominate, please email elections@psa.asn.au.

If you want to have a say and be part of a collective effort to protect and improve your workplace conditions then this is an opportunity to do so.

Delegates: The Backbone of the Union

Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee Elections Open Now!

Feb 12, 2018

Nominate to be a Delegate on your Departmental Committee – Elections Open Now – February 2018 (PDF version)

  • Would you like to become more involved in your union?
  • Interested in working with PSA members across Juvenile Justice?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Nominations are open for delegates to the Juvenile Justice DC.

The notice of the DC Election appeared in the January-March Red Tape. Nominations have been extended until 23 February 2018

You can download a nomination form from the PSA website at: http://psa.asn.au/election-nomination-forms

You can also view Red Tape online on the PSA website click HERE – go to page 33 to see the notice of the DC election.

If you would like to find out more about the Juvenile Justice DC or how to nominate please email elections@psa.asn.au.

If you want to have a say and be part of a collective effort to protect and improve your workplace conditions then this is an opportunity to do so.

Delegates: The Backbone of the Union

Liverpool Court House PSA visit notice

Feb 9, 2018

Liverpool Court House PSA visit notice – February 2018 (PDF version)

Thursday 15th February 2018

12.30-1.30pm

Staff Lunchroom

Items of Discussion:

  • Upcoming changes to Justice Flexi-time Policy
  • The PSA’s advocacy for Court Staff including the Petty Sessions Officers Association and quarterly meetings with Court Services Management.
  • Benefits of PSA Membership (Journey Insurance, Accident Insurance, Provident Fund, discounted banking services with the SCU Credit Union, Will Pack plus more).

All staff are encouraged to join the PSA and Membership forms will be available for those wishing to sign up on the day.

For more information contact the PSA on: 1300 772 679.

“United we Bargain, Divided we Beg.”

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