Working with House with No Steps

Jan 12, 2018

Working with House with No Steps – January 2018 (PDF version)

Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright and Kris Cruden, Manager of the FACS and Health Team of the PSA met with senior management of House with No Steps just before Christmas.

The meeting was very cordial and the CPSU NSW/PSA coverage was not disputed.

House with No Steps (HwNS) has agreed to set up quarterly Joint Consultative Committee meetings to enable delegates and staff of the CPSU NSW to meet with HwNS management to discuss issues that affect our members. In addition, should consultation be necessary on other, more urgent issues, extra meetings or working parties will be established to deal with these matters.

HwNS has provided us with a list of the regional GMs and HR people and advised the union can deal with matters at the local level with these people or escalate them to head office should that be necessary.

It also stated it was committed to continuing to provide the good quality of service to clients the public service had been providing.

One of the issues our members have been raising and the HwNS is concerned about is the number of casual staff. To that end we will be meeting with HwNS in the next couple of days to discuss this issue.

We will keep members up to date and remember you may have changed employer but the PSA/CPSU NSW is still you union.

Do you know someone who is not a member? Get them to join online HERE.

Respect the Risk in Prisons

Jan 11, 2018

Over the coming weeks you are going to see a number of videos of prison officers explaining their role and function and the risks that they go through on a daily basis.

Video Introduction below by Nicole Jess, Chairperson POVB NSW and Jason Charlton Vice-Chairperson POVB NSW.

To help us spread this message, please click LIKE, write a COMMENT and SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook.

On Facebook and Twitter, use the hashtags #RespectTheRisk and #POVB

Rural Fire Service bulletin

Jan 11, 2018

Rural Fire Service bulletin – January 2018 (PDF version)

Award variation lodgement

The PSA lodged an application in the Industrial Relation Commission (IRC) to vary the Crown Employees (Rural Fire Service) Award on 22 December 2017.

Your union filed the application on behalf of members to clarify when penalty rates (overtime) are payable. We will provide an update after the first hearing at the IRC.

Work health and safety – establishment of workgroups

At the request of members, the PSA wrote to the Rural Fire Service in late 2017 requesting the commencement of negotiations for workgroups and the election Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).

HSRs are important as they are elected by workers to represent the interests of workers in their workgroup for work health and safety (WHS) matters.

HSRs have a number of functions based on consultation around WHS.

Trained HSRs also have the power to direct other workers and management to cease unsafe work.

Parliamentary Inquiry into Bullying

The NSW Government is currently conducting an Inquiry into bullying and other issues in emergency services agencies, including the NSW Rural Fire Service.

The employer has provided a submission and answers to questions on notice, as well as being interviewed by the Committee conducting the Inquiry.

The PSA expects to provide further evidence at a hearing date yet to be decided.

Many thanks to members and delegates for their interest and support for the Inquiry.

Workplace visits and meetings

Your union will be visiting Rural Fire Services offices and headquarters in the coming months to engage with delegates, members, and non-members to build strength on the ground.

The initial focus will be updating members on:

  • The Rural Fire Service Award
  • Work health and safety
  • Discussing local issues – including reviews/restructures
  • Encouraging members to get involved in their union by becoming an area contact or delegate
  • Encouraging non-members to join the PSA

If you would like to arrange a meeting at your workplace, please email Bart McKenzie bmckenzie@psa.asn.au.

Your Rural Fire Service Delegates Committee (DC)

Your delegates are:

Jim Killen
jim.killen@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Ivan Perkins
Ivan.Perkins@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Kam Baker
Kam.Baker@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Ashley Frank
Ashley.Frank@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Damian Oborn
Damian.Oborn@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Andrew Kaye
Andrew.Kaye@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Chris Wallbridge
Chris.Wallbridge@rfs.nsw.gov.au

 Your PSA staff:

Andrew Boulton
PSA Industrial Officer

Bart McKenzie
PSA Senior Organiser

What can you do?

  • Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues.
  • Print this bulletin and put it up on your notice board.
  • Ask a colleague to join the PSA.
  • Get involved as your Area Contact

Fire and Rescue NSW survey

Jan 11, 2018

Fire and Rescue NSW survey – January 2018 (PDF version)

Fire and Rescue NSW have provided the PSA with the following draft fleet policy documents for consultation:

  • Minor Motor Vehicle Policy and Procedures HERE.
  • Minor Motor Vehicle Functional Specifications & Response Levels Guidelines HERE.

The PSA would like feedback from members regarding these documents.

Any concerns or suggestions from members will form the basis of the PSA’s response to FRNSW.

Please submit your comments by Wednesday, 17 January 2018 via the survey link HERE.

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