PSA and NSWTF: Committed to Defending Quality Public Education

Mar 4, 2013

PROTECTING YOUR SCHOOL’S STAFFING ENTITLEMENT ACTION BULLETIN

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On 27 February, your school was notified of its Staffing Entitlement for 2013.

This includes the allocation for administrative and support staff positions, general assistant positions, classroom, executive and specialist teaching positions. It is important that school community members understand that the Staffing Entitlement is the government guarantee that students in every public school will be provided with the number of staff to which they are entitled.

PSA Delegates and Workplace contacts are asked to: • Display the poster enclosed

• Meet with the principal to discuss your school’s Staffing Entitlement

• Liaise with your school’s Teachers Federation members to develop a joint union approach to protecting your current teaching and nonteaching positions

• Speak at a P&C meeting or similar event

• Raise this issue with your state Member of Parliament.

If the Department pressures your school to trade off positions, please contact your PSA Organiser immediately.

TAKE ACTION IN GONSKI WEEK

The national Gonski Week starts on Sunday 10 March.

The need for the changes to school funding recommended by Gonski is urgent, but our Premier, Mr O’Farrell is yet to sign up to paying the NSW share of the extra funding. The Federal Government is on board, however, a deal needs to be done by April this year so new funding arrangements can start in 2014. PSA Delegates and workplace contacts person are asked to work together with the Teachers Federation representative to organize an activity during Gonski Week that will:

• Raise member and parental awareness about the urgency of achieving the Gonski reforms

• Pressure the Premier to commit to funding the NSW share of the reforms

• Highlight the need for school funding reform in local media.

Public Education PSA and NSWTF

 

 

 

 

Corrective Services Community Compliance And Monitoring Group

Mar 4, 2013

The PSA appeared before his Honour, Justice Haylen Friday 1 March 2013corrective services
regarding the closing date for staff to express interest in transferring to particular
location at their substantive grade.
The PSA stated before Justice Haylen this morning that the timeframe as imposed
by Corrective Services of 4 March 2013 is unrealistic as our members have not had
adequate time to review information and make an informed decision that will impact
upon their livelihood.
Justice Haylen has issued a direction which has given the PSA an additional two
weeks to consult with members about the information relating to CCMG.
It was also stated by Corrective Services NSW this morning that staff who express
interest in transferring to another location will do so at grade.
This means Officers do not transfer to a lower grade they maintain their substantive
grade.
The PSA will be meeting with delegates on Monday 4 March 2013 to discuss.
For additional information please contact Sharon Richards on 9220 0923.

CPSU/PSA members at the University of Sydney to STRIKE

Mar 1, 2013

The CPSU held a members’ meeting on 27 February at Camperdown Campus. Members from four other campuses also connected to the meeting via teleconference. At the meeting the following motion was passed unanimously.

      “That the meeting of CPSU Members on 27 February 2013:Strike CPSU USyd

–      notes the report of the Bargaining Team regarding the current and ongoing impediments to progressing bargaining

–      calls a 24 hour strike on Thursday 7th March 2013 in support of the CPSU’s claims in bargaining

–      calls for a members meeting on Thursday 14th March 2013 in order to receive a report from the Bargaining Team on the progress towards reaching agreement with the University following action on March 7th.”

CPSU members do not take this action lightly but feel they have little choice considering the Universities attitude at the bargaining table.

Under the Universities draft Enterprise Agreement professional staff face the following:

  • a 60% reduction in sick leave entitlements
  • a real threat to job security
  • far inferior redundancy entitlements than academic staff
  • and many more attacks on the conditions that we have fought for and won

To make things worse, whilst the University attacks our conditions they expect staff to accept a 2% per annum payrise. A cut in wages in real terms.

 

CPSU members demand the University reconsider their position.

 

For more information contact:

 

CPSU Branch President Grant Wheeler 0434 367 472 grant.wheeler@sydney.edu.au

CPSU Organiser Graydon Plumridge 9248 3330 gplumridge@psa.asn.au

 

Corrective Services Community Compliance And Monitoring Group

Mar 1, 2013

 

The PSA appeared before his Honour, Justice Haylen Friday 1 March 2013
regarding the closing date for staff to express interest in transferring to particular
location at their substantive grade.

 
The PSA stated before Justice Haylen this morning that the timeframe as imposed
by Corrective Services of 4 March 2013 is unrealistic as our members have not had
adequate time to review information and make an informed decision that will impact
upon their livelihood.

 
Justice Haylen has issued a direction which has given the PSA an additional two
weeks to consult with members about the information relating to CCMG.
It was also stated by Corrective Services NSW this morning that staff who express
interest in transferring to another location will do so at grade.

 
This means Officers do not transfer to a lower grade they maintain their substantive
grade.

 
The PSA will be meeting with delegates on Monday 4 March 2013 to discuss.

 
For additional information please contact Sharon Richards on 9220 0923.

MEDIA RELEASE: Ranger, park staff urge Premier to shoot down hunting plans for good

Mar 1, 2013

NSW park rangers and staff are relieved plans for the introduction of hunting in national parks is on hold until June and hope the plan is shot down for good, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. Read more here

Reform of senior and middle management equal further job cuts

Feb 28, 2013

The PSA is very concerned by the State Government’s decision to adopt reforms that openly target the jobs of senior and middle management in the NSW public sector. The move follows recommendations from the Public Service Commissioner and is based on proposals contained in the Commission of Audit report.
While the Government has attempted to argue that the reforms will boost front line services, the changes are in fact nothing more than the latest wave of attack on public sector jobs and employment security. The changes also target the professionalism, capacity and integrity of these positions and the public sector itself. The PSA is writing to the Public Service Commissioner requesting an urgent meeting regarding the reforms which are only stage one in what will be a review of the public sector by the Public Service Commissioner.
As we believe further significant changes are being considered by the Government, urgent meetings with members are being arranged to develop a co-ordinated response.
The first will take place in Tamworth on Tuesday 5 March.
Local workplace groups are encouraged to meet informally to identify local impacts so far.
A PSA response team is being formed and updates will be provided.

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