PSA Visit and Flexi-time Changes
PSA representatives visited Births, Deaths and Marriages, Chippendale, on 26 April 2017, to update members on the progression of the Department of Justice’s proposed Flexible Working Hours Agreement. A summary of changes is provided below:
- 12 week settlement period
- Carry Over of 42 hours in balance
- Carry Over of 14 hours in debit
- Maximum 6 Flex days per settlement period (12 weeks)
- Ability to take consecutive Flex days
- Quarter day Flex
- Employees may choose the form of paid leave to cover a shortfall
- 2.5 hours lunchbreak
- Defined emergency response and recovery operations
- Easter flex leave arrangements as provided in the Award – ½ day flex
- Bandwidth – 6.30am – 9pm
- Core time – 10am – 3pm
- Non-standard hours can only be entered into by way of written agreement between the employee and manager
- Local arrangements will continue to be observed
- Reports will be provided to the Justice Peak JCC on working time and use of flex time
- Gender, carers’ responsibility and WHS impact assessment to be conducted prior to implementation – terms of reference to be proposed by the PSA
- Transitional arrangements will be in place, to prevent employees from forfeiting hours.
As the agreement is still in negotiation, an implementation date has not been set. Members will be updated with any new developments.
Re-establishment of Joint Consultative Committee
The PSA will be contacting BDM management to re-establish quarterly meetings to provide a forum for workplace issues to be raised on behalf of our membership.
Your BDM delegates are
Your PSA staff are
Surabi Alauddin – PSA Organiser
Susan Emery – PSA Industrial Officer
A unionised workplace is a fairer workplace! What can you do?
- Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au, or see your delegates for Membership Forms
- Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues
- Print this bulletin and put it up on your notice board
- Get involved as a PSA delegate or contact
- Enrol in PSA Training Courses: HERE. (Union members are entitled to 6 days of Paid Trade Union Leave/year to attend training courses)
- Attend the next union meeting at your workplace.
Update your details online HERE.
I would like to invite you and your family to join with us in celebrating May Day this year.
The PSA will be among the many unions proudly marching to mark the day throughout NSW, and I would love to see you there.
May Day is a worldwide celebration of workers’ rights, with unionists taking to the streets to celebrate the labour movement, its values, victories and ongoing struggles.
At a time when workers’ rights are under attack from both the state and federal governments, there has never been a more important time to show your support for Australia’s proud union movement.
We want as many PSA members as possible to come along to marches in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong and make a big noise.
This year’s Sydney May Day march will commence 12 midday on Sunday 7 May at Hyde Park North.
ACTU Secretary Sally McManus will be among the speakers at Hyde Park, with comedian Corrine Grant as MC.
Other speakers will include Mark Morey from Unions NSW and Dr John Falzon from St Vincent De Paul.
Following the speeches at Hyde Park, we will then walk as one to Prince Alfred Park, where there will be live music, food and entertainment.
For families there will also be free activities and rides for all ages set up at Prince Alfred Park.
We want our kids and grandkids to lead our march under the banner of fighting for a better future for them.
A link to the flier for the Sydney march is HERE.
Newcastle’s May Day march will be on Sunday, 30 April. Supporters are to meet at Hamilton train station at 10am for a 10.30am march to Gregson Park via Beaumont Street. At Gregson Park there will be speeches and songs of Solidarity.
The Wollongong march will take place on 6 May. Marchers should assemble at the South Coast Labour Council headquarters at Lowden Square, opposite Wollongong railway station, at 10am.
The union movement wants to make this year’s May Day the biggest ever seen in history.
The PSA encourages its members to put on a red shirt and join the chorus of voices letting the State Government know the workers united will never be defeated.
PSA General Secretary
Your union, the PSA, will be holding a meeting for Operational Information Agency (OIA) members to provide feedback about flex time and flexible working arrangements.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Parramatta HQ – Lawson Room
All members and non-members are strongly encouraged to attend and raise any issues and concerns they have on this or any other matter. Non-members are also welcome to come and have a chat about the benefits of joining the PSA and membership forms will be available.
Join your colleagues – strong membership means a strong union!
The entire PSA has been hugely disappointed at the Berejiklian Government’s ‘fire sale’ lease of the state’s 150-year-old land titles registry to Hastings Funds Management and First State Super, for a meagre $2.6 billion.
It is astounding that the 35-year lease has gone ahead despite the serious concerns coming from professional stakeholders as diverse as the Law Council of Australia, the Law Society of NSW, the Real Estate Institute of NSW and the Institution of Surveyors. Not to mention many within the ranks of the Liberal Party.
Gladys ignored them all. It is clear that the Premier intends to follow the same arrogant practice of completely failing to listen to and consult with stakeholders and the community in general when it comes to making important decisions around public assets. This arrogance was on show when she tried to spin a 22 per cent swing against her in the recent North Shore and Manly by-elections, as business as usual.
The PSA, in conjunction with the Concerned Titles Group, were out in force on polling booths at those by-elections and you can be assured that the privatisation of LPI was firmly in the minds of traditional Liberal Party voters as they turned their back on Berejiklian.
PSA Industrial staff met with your delegates last Thursday to discuss some of the concerns that they have been hearing from members since the announcement.
Some of these concerns include:
- Will the PSA remain the union covering staff once the privatisation has concluded?
- How will the PSA be supporting members in the transition process to ensure they are fully protected once the contract is finalised with the buyer in the coming months?
- How the four-year Crown Employees Award guarantee works and whether the new owner can overturn these award conditions despite the fact that that four-year guarantee is set down in legislation?
- Will staff get the 2.5 per cent pay rise?
- What is happening with the Labor Party’s repeal bill?
The PSA would like to make this message very clear to our members; we are your union, and we will continue to fight and represent the best interests of our members, no matter what situation we are faced with.
We have organised a members meeting for Wednesday 19 April, 12.30-1.30pm in the Rolleston Room.
PSA General Secretary Stewart Little will attend, along with other industrial staff to address these questions and more so that staff can be reassured of their protections and entitlements going forward.
Mr Little has also been in the media. Listen to him on 2GB on Thursday 13 April making comments deriding the lease of LPI HERE.
You can view the PSA media release HERE.
In addition the PSA are organising actions outside train station to hand out info to the public. Whilst the announcement has been made, the PSA will not give up holding this Government to account for its disastrous decisions. The PSA will be out at Engadine railway station on the morning of Wednesday 19 April. To volunteer to help, please email PSA Industrial Manager Nathan Bradshaw at email@example.com for more details.
Friday 6 April the PSA (CPSU) Bargaining Team met with Water NSW representatives and the other unions, the AWU, Professionals Australia and the ASU. A small number of individual bargaining representatives also turned up.
This meeting was primarily procedural, and focused on establishing negotiations protocols, resources for the bargaining teams and initial expectations on how negotiations would proceed.
Water NSW reported it wanted to take an ‘interest-based bargaining’ approach to the negotiations. This is a new process the Fair Work Commission is promoting to help assist employers and unions in resolving difficult situations. It also requires all sides to keep an open mind and to be flexible in the outcomes they are looking for.
The evidence so far from Water NSW is it has a clear set of claims it wants to achieve through this process. This is contrary to how ‘interest-based bargaining’ is designed and without the facilitation by the Commission, will not be workable.
The PSA (CPSU) asked if Water NSW had a full draft agreement already set up with all its claims, and this was not denied. The unions also know some of what Water NSW is looking for, including:
- stripping some conditions down to the minimum standard in the Water Industry modern Award
- setting up ‘performance pay’ for many employees where annual salary can go up or down based on the local managers budget (or alleged perception of performance)
- limiting the coverage of the enterprise agreement to employees who may earn up to $152,000.
The PSA (CPSU) and other unions have developed a joint Log of Claims for our members. This Log of Claims is based on an earlier survey your union conducted and ongoing discussion with your local Delegates, members elected to represent you from both former DPI and State Water Corp. A Log of Claims is a set of broad principles the union will fight for on behalf of our members. These are not detailed proposed clauses but broad outcomes the union is looking for.
All union members are encouraged to review the Log of Claims, and provide feedback. If there are any areas you strongly disagree with, or key issues you feel are missing, please let your Bargaining Team know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All unions will be holding members’ meetings over the coming weeks to endorse the Log of Claims and members are strongly encouraged to attend. Any proposed changes will be taken on board by the four unions, so please respond as soon as possible.
Next bargaining meeting
The unions sought to commence negotiations over matters that members have reported they care about such as weekly hours of work, Flexible Working arrangements, RDOs, overtime and similar issues. The union needs input from members on these issues before the next meeting, scheduled for May.
Please respond to the survey which you can find here. Your responses will directly influence what the PSA (CPSU) fights for members in relation to weekly hours of work, flextime arrangements, overtime and similar issues.