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 Non Custodial, CS Education and CS Psychologists?
  • Become a PSA delegate!

Nominations are open for delegates to the CS Non Custodial, CS Education and CS Psychologists 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 Non Custodial, CS Education and CS Psychologists 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

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

POVB bulletin

Feb 5, 2018

POVB bulletin – February 2018 (PDF version)

Sub Branch Elections

As per POVB Rules, all sub branches are to hold POVB elections in February for all positions.

If any sub branch needs assistance, do not hesitate in contacting one of the State Executive.

Once the elections are finalised can you please inform Secretary Natalie Howes, Assistant Secretary Darren King or Chairperson Nicole Jess so we can update the delegate list and then forward it to all delegates. We will also require the contact information and mobile numbers of all delegates.

I encourage members to think about nominating for positions. We will assist all new delegates and the PSA has training courses to assist them. CSNSW’s first approach in dealing with issues is at the local level so good delegates are needed to try to deal with matters first hand.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all delegates for their hard work over the past year. POVB has never before had to deal with the reforms that we have been dealt with over this time. I know that it has been difficult and the delegates across the state have done a fantastic job in representing the greater membership. You have also assisted the POVB Executive as we have had to rely heavily on delegates at times and we appreciate the support given to us.

POVB Executive Meetings

In the month of February, the POVB Executive has the following meetings:

  • Monday 5 February – Benchmarking & Other CSNSW Reform Consultative Meeting
  • Monday 5 February – Higher Commencement Salary Meeting for Ongoing Staff
  • Friday 9 February – POVB Consultative Meeting
  • Tuesday 13 February – Oberon Benchmarking presentation
  • Wednesday 14 February – Lithgow Benchmarking presentation
  • Thursday 15 February – Kirkconnell Benchmarking presentation
  • Friday 16 February – Bathurst Benchmarking presentation
  • Monday 19 February – Transfer at Grade Policy Meeting
  • Tuesday 20 February – Report back to the IRC, re. Benchmarking
  • Monday 26 February – Benchmarking & Other CSNSW Reforms Meeting

We still have to go to a small centre to see what is happening with SCO roles and responsibilities. This should take place prior to the IRC report back on 20 February.

All information will be put out in bulletins after these meetings have occurred.

Sterile zone checks

As you would be aware, we put out a bulletin stating sterile zone checks should not be completed if the area being checked has pebbles or rocks that could be dangerous to staff. There have been officers hurt with knee and ankle injuries.

Some centres have done local risk assessments and put measures into place to rectify the issue. CSNSW has also approached us to revise the bulletin and get majority of centres to do the local risk assessments. Dave McCauley has put to CSNSW that all the risk assessments need to be done with him present, as he was at the initial risk assessment where work cover deemed John Morony perimeter area unsafe and the checks could only be done under mechanical means.

This issue will be discussed at the consultative meeting on 9 February. Further information will come out after that meeting.

Legal fund

Most bulletins we put out continually state that members should be protecting themselves and making sure they are also a member of the legal fund.

Each week we still have members of the POVB being faced with criminal charges or disciplinary charges that could result in criminal charges being laid, yet they are not in the legal fund. Each month we have members who have a death in custody and yet they are not in the legal fund.

If you are faced with any of the above and not in the legal fund we cannot support you. And legal fees can range from $10,000 for a coronial inquiry to $100,000 for criminal matters.

The legal fund is $2 per week – $4 per fortnight. It is tax-deductable so in total it is less than $90 a year. What legal insurance can you pay for $90 a year? I cannot emphasis enough the importance of being in the legal fund.

I understand many members withdrew after the Rob Shaw incident, but I can assure you that the constitution will be changed and Rob Shaw is assisting us in that process so it never happens again. Please protect yourself and make sure you are a member.

Contact Details

  • Nicole Jess – Chairperson
    0427 609 199
  • Jason Charlton – Vice Chairperson
    0401 500 976
  • Thor Sutherland – Country Chairperson
    0447 633 476
  • Natalie Howes – Secretary
    0407 011 441
  • Darren King – Assistant Secretary
    0407 011 441

Union gears up for fight over Goulburn Jail jobs – Goulburn Post

Jan 31, 2018

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“They call it benchmarking but realistically, it is job cuts,” POVB Chair Nicole Jess told the Goulburn Post.

Read the full Goulburn Post article HERE.

 

Hunter Correctional Centre opening

Jan 31, 2018

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little with PSA Industrial Officer Dave McCauley and POVB Chair Nicole Jess at the official opening of the new rapid build Hunter Correctional Centre.

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POVB Benchmarking update

Jan 24, 2018

POVB Benchmarking update – January 2018 (PDF version)

Firstly, Happy New Year to everyone and I hope that the festive season was time for you all to be with family and friends.

We have started the New Year running again.

In the last two weeks, we have been to Cessnock, Mid North Coast and Goulburn – all to do with benchmarking.

Cessnock

Jason, Darren, Dave McCauley and myself attended the final Cessnock benchmarking staff meeting and union meeting. There have been some issues with their proposal but a 3 week extension was given and Dave McCauley and myself are heading back there today to assist them further.

Mid North Coast

As you all should be aware, we are before the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) re benchmarking and other issues. From our last IRC appearance, it was agreed that we would attend Mid North Coast and in the future a small centre to assess the roles and responsibilities that SCOs will be doing under benchmarking.Depending on the outcomes of these meetings we could be seeking remuneration for the extra responsibilities.

Natalie, Julie Bond, PSA Senior Industrial Organiser and I attended Mid North Coast last weekend. I would like to thank the staff, including management, for giving us a full tour of the centre and for being positive throughout the process.

Due to this we were able to gather both positive and negative feedback about the centre which has gone live under benchmarking.

We still have to tour a small centre and after that we will put out a full bulletin with the information received from both.

From the weekend visit we did get approval for a delegate from South Coast Correctional Centre to attend with a member of the State Executive to see how Mid North Coast are running under benchmarking. It is felt that any information that the delegate from South Coast can get from staff at Mid North Coast can only be of benefit to them as they are now live also.

Goulburn

The whole Executive attended Goulburn Correctional Centre on 23 January, 2018. Goulburn is to be benchmarked on 28 February, and 1 March, 2018.

There has been rumours that the centre could be turned into a B classification which has caused much unrest with members feeling vulnerable to large job losses in a country town.

After the meeting, I was able to get clarification on this rumour and received confirmation from Mr Severin that the centre will remain an A classification with the same role and function as it currently has.

This has gone a long way to alleviating some concern for the sub branch. The Executive will work closely with the membership moving forward to get the best possible outcomes.

 Benchmarking dates for future centres

Oberon CC – 13 February, 2018

Lithgow CC – 14 February, 2018

Kirkconnel CC – 15 February, 2018

Bathurst CC – 16 February, 2018

Goulburn CC – 28 February, 2018

HRMU CC – 1 March, 2018

As yet we do not know the date for the MRRC which will be the final centre to have their initial benchmarking meeting.

Casuals

After attending the Goulburn sub branch meeting there has been some confusion or miscommunication about casuals and who represents them.

At the last Delegates to Management meeting in November 2017, it was put to delegates as to whether casuals could have their own sub branch and delegate.

The Management Committee decided against this due to casuals only being employed for an 8 hour period. Casuals do not get detached duty and how do we get all casuals to meet in one location, when we have casuals all around the state.

It was then decided that one member of the State Executive would be the person for casuals to go to for issues. That person is Darren King. This does not mean that casuals cannot go to the union delegates where they may permanently be based.

We would like casuals to contact Darren with their issues or the local delegates so Darren can collate the information to assess whether it could actually be a collective issue rather than just an individual issue.

Darren and I will be meeting with Governor John Buckley in February to discuss the Casual Policy and deal with collective issues.

CSNSW have given us a draft policy for casuals regarding higher commencing salary on Assignment to Ongoing Custodial Correctional Officer Policy. We have given them feedback as to where we feel that it is not addressing issues that have been raised to us by many casuals who have been made permanent.

Once we have more information from the above two matters we will put out a bulletin.

Transfer at Grade Policy

There is a meeting organised in February to address the issues that members have raised regarding the transfer at grade policy. After this meeting we will put information out to the membership.

Nicole Jess
Chairperson POVB

Contact Details

  • Nicole Jess – Chairperson
    0427 609 199
  • Jason Charlton – Vice Chairperson
    0401 500 976
  • Thor Sutherland – Country Chairperson
    0447 633 476
  • Natalie Howes – Secretary
    0407 011 441
  • Darren King – Assistant Secretary
    0407 935 039
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