Job cuts halt criminal checks on taxi drivers – news.com.au

Apr 22, 2014

Roads and Maritime Services staff cuts have led to the halting of daily computer checks into the recent criminal history of taxi drivers.

Read the full story HERE.

PSA News – 17 April 2014

Apr 17, 2014

PSA starts a community conversation about “public services”

On 14 April, the PSA launched a statewide advertising campaign to ask the community “which direction are we headed?” when it comes to the provision of public services in NSW.

The television advertisement, which will also be screened in cinemas across the state, was creatively driven by respected author and novelist, Jane Caro.

Jane, along with PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, spoke at the launch at PSA House in Sydney about what is at stake for the people of NSW.

On the same day as the ad was launched, the Public Service Commissioner released a report called “Collaboration Blueprint” which is a report on models for outsourcing public services.

Clearly, as union members, we need to fully understand the implications of this type of report.

Click HERE to read Anne Gardiner’s address given at the launch which highlights some of the issues around privatising public services.

The ad commences screening in picture theatres from 17 April and on television from 27 April and will be shown throughout the state.

Click HERE to view the ad and show your support for public services.

Click HERE (our Facebook page) to see the video and the poster. Please share them with your friends.

Win for Casual Correctional Officers

This week, the PSA had a win in the Industrial Relations Commission. Justice Boland decided that where a casual in Corrective Services works more than one shift in any 24 hour period they will be paid overtime. No overtime was being paid previously for the second shift. This will apply even if the shifts are on the same or different daily rosters.

Win for School Admin Support Staff leads to win for all public sector workers

In 2012, the PSA applied to have a redundancy clause inserted in the School Administrative and Support Staff Award. Because the Liberal Government had unilaterally changed rights around redeployment and redundancy pay for public servants in 2011, the application for the redundancy clause was rejected by the Industrial Relations Commission.

The decision went to the Full Bench of the Commission and then finally to the Appeal Court. Last week we won in the Court of Appeal and this decision will benefit all PSA members working in the public service as the decision found that the section of the Regulation that the Government relied on was invalid.

The effect of the decision is that the Industrial Relations Commission is no longer barred (because of the Government’s 2011 policy) from including redundancy provisions in an award for public sector employees.

The PSA has again led the way for all other public sector unions who were also impacted by the Government’s regulation and will immediately move to vary all relevant awards to include redundancy rights.

Red Tape

The January-April edition of Red Tape came out this week.

If you did not receive your copy please email psa@psa.asn.au

Not a PSA member?

Join HERE

Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, PSA of NSW, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney

PSA ADHC work bans – IMPORTANT information for members

Apr 16, 2014

With the state wide bans and additional bans in the Illawarra and the Hunter districts regarding the privatisation of ADHC services, members are advised that:

  • This industrial action has been approved by the General Secretary of the Public Service Association.
  • Any direction to perform work covered by these bans can be refused without personal risk.
  • If members are approached to complete work covered by the PSA industrial bans, they should decline and refer their manager to a copy of the bans.

Should members receive any type of threat for refusing to break the bans they should contact their local delegate, or the PSA directly (Phone: 1300 772 679 or email: membersupport@psa.asn.au).

PSA ADHC work bans – new client map and master roster building tool

Apr 16, 2014

NDIS Bulletin Work Bans Client Map (PDF Version)

The new Client Map and Master Roster Building Tool

At their 17 March meeting, the ADHC Departmental Committee (DC) placed bans on work related to the privatisation of ADHC. Following the release of the new client map and Master Roster Building tool, a special DC meeting was held. This meeting endorsed that the new client map and master roster building tool is a part of these bans.

As such, all members are directed to ban all work on completing and providing the new client map and master roster building tool to management.

This direction will not affect your pay as the master rosters are submitted to workforce management and your pays are based on your master rosters.

The full motion is as follows:

“This special meeting of the ADHC DC resolves that a direction be issued to members placing an urgent ban on completing and providing to management the new client map and master roster building tool.”

DC Motion Endorsing Bans

This meeting of state wide Disability Services Delegates vehemently opposes the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Services and as a result have lost confidence in the Minister, John Ajaka.We condemn the NSW Government for using the National Disability insurance scheme (NDIS) to disguise its privatisation agenda.The NDIS was introduced to improve choice, funding and quality of services available to people.However, there is no direct connection between the NDIS and the NSW Government ideological decision to privatise all publicly delivered disability and home care services in our state which the Government is driving via the NDIS Enabling Act.This meeting recognises the real distress the Government’s decision has caused families who rely on publicly run disability and home care services.

There is also real distress amongst workers whose employment security, workplace rights and conditions of employment are being sacrificed in the race to privatise.

This meeting of state wide delegates endorses an industrial ban to be placed on the work related to the privatisation of ADHC to be implemented immediately and to run until the NSW Government abandons the privatisation of disability services.

To get involved in the campaign to protect disability services contact your PSA delegates and JOIN us today!

You can also JOIN the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au

 

Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary Public Service Association of NSW, 160 Clarence St Sydney 2000

ADHC Work Bans Illawarra/Shoalhaven

Apr 16, 2014

PSA NDIS Bulletin WorkBans Illawarra/Shoalhaven April 2014 (PDF Version)

At a meeting of members in the Illawarra a motion was passed to enact work bans on Home Administrative reporting to the agency.

These bans show the determination of the members to fight to save their job security, pay and conditions and the services they deliver.

Specific bans for the Illawarra/Shoalhaven District

Work bans on group home administrative reporting to the Agency including:

  • Completion of vehicle running sheets;
  • Financial audits including finmart;
  • Reporting returns; and
  • Populating spreadsheets or tables relating to group home data.

Tasks specifically excluded from work bans are:

  • Completing purchase card verifications; and
  • Petty cash and petty cash reconciliations.
DC Motion Endorsing Bans

This meeting of state wide Disability Services Delegates vehemently opposes the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Services and as a result have lost confidence in the Minister, John Ajaka.We condemn the NSW Government for using the National Disability insurance scheme (NDIS) to disguise its privatisation agenda.The NDIS was introduced to improve choice, funding and quality of services available to people.However, there is no direct connection between the NDIS and the NSW Government ideological decision to privatise all publicly delivered disability and home care services in our state which the Government is driving via the NDIS Enabling Act.This meeting recognises the real distress the Government’s decision has caused families who rely on publicly run disability and home care services.

There is also real distress amongst workers whose employment security, workplace rights and conditions of employment are being sacrificed in the race to privatise.

This meeting of state wide delegates endorses an industrial ban to be placed on the work related to the privatisation of ADHC to be implemented immediately and to run until the NSW Government abandons the privatisation of disability services.

Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary Public Service Association of NSW, 160 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000

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