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Be a voice in your union – nominate as a Service NSW workplace contact and attend training

Aug 22, 2017

Be a voice in your union – nominate as a Service NSW workplace contact and attend training – August 2017 (PDF version)

Your union will train and support you to provide information to your colleagues about wages and conditions as well as updates on campaigns.

Customised training days for Service NSW staff only are at PSA House in Sydney and are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Wednesday 20 September

Active workplace delegates and contacts are the eyes and ears of the union about emerging issues and concerns.

Other dates and locations for Service NSW training will be added according to demand.

If you are interested in attending Service NSW – Introduction to the PSA training, please click HERE.

You are also welcome to enroll in our other PSA training courses including Dealing with Workplace Bullying, Safer Together (ensuring wellbeing in the workplace) and others.

You can search for upcoming dates HERE.

PSA members have access to Special Leave with pay to attend Trade Union Training courses.

This entitlement is set out in Clause 27.4 of the Service NSW Salaries and Conditions Award.

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Inmates send jails to blazes – The Daily Telegraph

Aug 22, 2017

Prison Officers Vocational Branch Chair, Nicole Jess discusses the latest heated issue Correctional Officers are required to deal with in their workplace.

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TAFE Group 4 restructure update

Aug 22, 2017

TAFE Group 4 restructure update – August 2017 (PDF version)

Your union attended a briefing on 17 August for further consultation around the ETG, Regions and TAFE Digital Group 4 restructure. There will be further briefings for the remaining consultation period which your union will also attend.

Placement process and mapping

There is currently no guarantee of placement for TAFE Worker Levels 2. We are fighting to secure your positions within this restructure.

During the meeting held with TAFE, the CPSU NSW raised your concerns around the placement process and the disadvantages being faced by many. In particular, TAFE Workers Level 2 and many who have been in long term temporary and higher duty positions for less than 2 years, yet working for TAFE for longer. These issues see some being disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

Your union is seeking changes or exemptions to the placement process to allow a more equitable process to occur and to secure more positions for those of you already working as part of the TAFE team.

We are raising concerns around the Location Consideration of Placement and pursuing having a more localised focus on filling positions.

We are also putting forward a placement process that will allow current staff who may be displaced at the end of this process, to have priority and early access to any unfilled roles, prior to the position going to market. This will guarantee current staff the maximum opportunity to be placed.

The union will be advocating for CPSU NSW members only, so staff who are affected and not yet members will need to join before 28 August. If you know anyone in this position, please talk with them about joining now.

The union will continue to have consultation meetings with management to raise member concerns during the process so we need members to submit their feedback to us at

Feedback closes 28 August so we need your feedback in by COB 23 August.

It is important that you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the union and your local delegates by joining the CPSU NSW.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know their rights, and encourage them to JOIN the CPSU NSW at

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.

Invitation: PSA Morning Tea, 5 September 2017, 10:30am-1:30pm, Cullen-Bullen Room (Mezzanine Level), Parramatta Police Headquarters

Aug 21, 2017

All NSW Police staff in Parramatta are invited to a PSA Information Session and Morning Tea on Tuesday 5th September, Cullen-Bullen Room (Mezzanine Level), 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Come along and meet your PSA representatives, celebrate your 2.5% pay rise, fought for and won by your union, find out how the PSA is representing members’ interests through the Re-engineering process, and find out how to get more involved.

Print off the attached flyer (or contact the PSA for copies) to circulate in your area and bring along a colleague on the day. Strong membership means a strong union!

Click image to enlarge/download.

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POVB member update

Aug 21, 2017

POVB member update – August 2017 (PDF version)


Dave and Darren were at Mannus and Cooma last week for their benchmarking meeting. Their presentations were as follows:


  • Gain 2 SCOs
  • Gain 2 COs


  • Gain 2 SCOs
  • Loss 4 COs

We will work closely with the delegates and members of each location through the process and the risk assessments.

We have the following locations to be benchmarked and their dates:

  • Dillwynia – 20/09/2017
  • Emu Plains – 26/09/2017
  • Grafton – 10/10/2017
  • Glen Innes – 11/10/2017
  • MSPC – 19/10/2017
  • Long Bay Hospital – 25/10/2017
  • Special Purpose Centre – 26/10/2017
  • Dawn De Loas – 31/10/2017
  • Outer Metropolitan Multipurpose Centre – 1/11/2017

South Coast CC was in dispute with its figure of 117 and this has been finalised and all parties are happy with the outcome.

Staffing numbers have been increased and the staff they received for the extra beds will be remaining. I wish to personally thank Liz and Graeme Reid who never stopped fighting worked tirelessly for the membership down there. I know there were other members integral in the fight also and I thank them too.

Cyclic rostering

Jason, Darren and Andrew Brown are attending a meeting this Wednesday for cyclic rostering and also roles and responsibilities of SCOs. Information will be distributed after this meeting for members to disseminate and then get back to us with any issues.

John Morony

There have been several meetings at JM about HR issues. JM had a work ban in place – acting up due to dissatisfaction with HR information being issued. However, this ban has been lifted and dialogue has improved. It looks like all members will have a positive outcome from their preferences for placement. I have written to CSNSW asking for right of return to the complex if anyone does not get their first preference. CSNSWN has not been adverse to this option however we are hoping that this will not have to happen.

There will be another meeting this Tuesday, which Jason will be attending, and we will know more from that meeting.

Consultative meeting

We met with CSNSW on Wednesday and many issues were raised.

When minutes are completed I will disseminate them. The main issues that were raised were:

Assault committees: This has been an ongoing issue. Many of you may remember when there was an assault committee held every two months and looked at assaults on staff. We are not looking at that but each centre hold a committee after a staff member is assaulted. This is to look at correct paperwork, alerts, management of the inmate, welfare of staff member and if police were called if required etc.

Debriefing after use of force: It was raised that most centres are not having debriefs after use of force. Staff are being asked about EAPS and the process is to generalised. Debriefs should be happening to discuss how things could be done differently, such as the right equipment, correct response and improvements.

RIT policy: It was noted the PSA has written to CSNSW about the RIT policy and to date we have had no response from the Department. CSNSW has stated it is coming. If the response is not acceptable, we will be looking at putting the issue before the IRC.

Back pay – casuals H/E: CSNSW have completed an analysis and payment should be getting completed in the near future. We will continue to chase this issue up.

Individual issues

PSA/POVB have been successful in getting an officer from South Coast reinstated.

There has been a permanent demotion lowered to only two years.

If you are not in the legal fund, two dollars a week is sound security for you if or when it is needed. If you know of anyone, who is not a union member I encourage you to push the reasons why staff should be a member. Disciplinaries are on the increase and if someone is not a member, it can be a very lonely fight.

Also, everyone needs to know that if you were not a member at the time of the incident, PSA/POVB cannot assist. You cannot join the union after an incident or when you get a show cause letter and think that you are entitled to representation.

Contact details

If anyone has any questions please contact one of the executive:

Nicole Jess – Chairperson
0427 609 199

Jason Charlton – Vice Chairperson
0401 500 967

Thor Sutherland – Country Chairperson
0447 633 476

Natalie Howes – Secretary
0407 011 441

Darren King – Assistant Secretary
0407 935 039

10 Good Reasons to Join the CPSU NSW

Aug 21, 2017

Download the 10 Good Reasons to Join the CPSU NSW HERE.



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