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The PSA says your workplace health & safety comes first!

Jun 16, 2017

The PSA says your workplace health & safety comes first! – June 2017 (PDF version)

We know that, as Housing Services staff, you face challenges every day that could pose hazards and risks to your health, safety and wellbeing, in particular the counter staff being confronted daily with disgruntled clients. There is more that can be done than being skilled in Customer Service and Dealing with Difficult Customers.

Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) lunchtime presentation

The PSA’s WH&S educator, Suzanne Mann, is pleased to come to the Strawberry Hills Housing office to present at a lunchtime meeting on your WHS rights and responsibilities and to provide details about Health and Safety Representatives and how to elect them.

Presentation details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, 22 June 2017
  • Time: 12.15pm (for 12.30pm presentation start)-1.30pm
  • Where: Strawberry Hills, Ground Floor, Meeting Room 2

The PSA wants to support you

  • Identifying PSA members in your Housing workplace to be Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).
  • Providing training and resources to elect and support HSRs.
  • Informing you about your WH&S entitlements and the role of HSRs in your workplace.

RSVP

Please RSVP to your PSA workplace delegates to ensure we have a room that will accommodate numbers.

Your PSA workplace delegates are:

Sage Benishay and Beti Cizaloska:

sage.benishay@facs.nsw.gov.au

beti.cizaloska@facs.nsw.gov.au

Your PSA Organiser is Nigel Miles and your PSA Industrial Officer is Katy Ambler. Both will attend.

Other PSA Staff

Kris Cruden – Industrial Manager

Siobhan CallinanSenior Organiser

Suzanne MannWHS Educator

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

If you have any questions about this bulletin please email FACSOrganising@psa.asn.au.

Update and Connect with the PSA: If you have moved home or work location, or you have changed your contacts, please update your membership details HERE.

Housing NSW Survey results

Jun 8, 2017

Housing NSW Survey results – June 2017 (PDF version)

Why did we do a survey?

The PSA recently conducted a Housing Services survey, which closed in May. We collected data on a number of identified member concerns and measured their prevalence across Housing Services more broadly. We received a very good response, with 370 members completing the survey. All answers will be kept confidential.

The survey confirms the following wider issues affecting Housing Services members:

  • unmanageable workloads
  • understaffed offices
  • favouritism in the workplace
  • low morale in teams
  • poor communication about the SHMT.

If you have any concerns in relation to industrial issues above, please contact the PSA.

Reporting Preliminary Aggregated Results

Most of respondents are Grade 2/4 employees (60.60 per cent).

More than half of reported they are working outside their role description and/or doing extra duties (Q.6 56.53 per cent); and more than half responded that their workload is never manageable (Q5. 58.24 per cent). Most believe their workplace is understaffed (Q7: 88.35 per cent).

For most taking flex or RDO leave is not a problem (Q11: 68.44 per cent) but it is a concern that more than a third of respondents believe they are being pressured not to take flex leave and RDOs (Q.11: 31.56 per cent).

Most respondents felt comfortable approaching their team leader (Q12: 74.93 per cent) but on the other hand most noticed favouritism in their workplace (Q13: 63.69 per cent).

The responses were evenly spread in relation to wanting and getting ‘acting up opportunities’ (Q14).

Two thirds of respondents reported their team morale is ‘low’ or ‘extremely low’ (Q15: 33.04 per cent). Only nine per cent of respondents rated their team morale as ‘high’.

And 15.52 per cent of respondents are planning to retire in the next 2-5 years (Q.18).

Noting not all members are affected by the SHMT, of those who responded, two thirds are either unsure (Q16: 34.63 per cent) or actively worried (Q16: 37.61 per cent) about being transferred to Community Housing; and nearly half (Q17: 42.39 per cent) believe management has not kept them sufficiently informed about the Social Housing Management Transfer.

Thank you for participating in the Housing Services survey. The PSA and the Housing DC will examine the results in depth to inform a coordinated strategy for raising issues with management.

PSA Staff

Kris Cruden – Industrial Manager

Siobhan Callinan – Senior Organiser

Katy Ambler – Industrial Officer

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

If you have any questions about this bulletin please email: FACSOrganising@psa.asn.au

Update and Connect with the PSA

If you have moved home or work location, or you have changed your contacts, please update your membership details HERE.

PSA writes to Housing minister about privatisation

Feb 21, 2017

Following the support of Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser in State Parliament opposing the outsourcing of Housing NSW, PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright has written to the Minister, Pru Goward.

You can read that letter HERE.

Housing NSW sell off on Mid North Coast due to efficiency says local MP

Feb 17, 2017

The National’s  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser had been silent in relation to the mid North Coast being hit with a quarter of the job cuts in Housing NSW across the state.

That was until the PSA called him out. Fraser told local media essentially that the efficiency of Housing NSW in his area made it attractive for privatisation.

You can read PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright’s letter in response HERE.

PSA Housing concerns aired on TV

Feb 8, 2017

PSA Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright was on the mid North coast on 7 February and highlighted the PSA’s concerns about the sell off of Housing NSW on Prime TV.

Not only did the member for Coffs’ Andrew Fraser respond to our concerns but said “Why its happened [the sell off of Housing NSW] is we were the most efficient area in the state and therefore more attractive for community service providers to pick up the contracts.”

Couldn’t have scripted that better ourselves.

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