Frank Baxter Work Place Group AGM

Jan 11, 2018

Frank Baxter Work Place Group AGM – January 2018 (PDF version)

Official notice was given on 17 October 2017 for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Frank Baxter Workplace Group to be held on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the AGM had to be postponed and the rescheduled AGM will now be held at:


25 January 2018

Training Room, Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre

General Secretary Stewart Little will also be attending.

All positions are up for election, please see attached form HERE.

To nominate yourself to be a workplace delegate and have a voice for your workplace, please complete the attached nomination form HERE and send to PSA returning officer, Gino DiCandilo at by 5pm Monday 22 January 2018.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor, either by nominating oneself or another member. Elected delegates will be provided with training and support from PSA staff.

Please update your details on the link HERE to ensure that you are eligible to vote or if not a member sign up so that you can have your say.

Overwhelming vote authorises protected action

Jan 11, 2018

Almost all combined union members at Ausgrid who participated in the Protected Action Ballot have voted ‘YES’ to authorise all listed industrial actions.

Read the full joint unions bulletin HERE.

CPSU NSW wins $500 Sign-On Bonus for staff made redundant in the final week of 2017

Jan 10, 2018

CPSU NSW wins $500 Sign-On Bonus for staff made redundant in the final week of 2017 – January 2018 (PDF version)

On 14 December last year, WSU staff returned an overwhelming 98.58 per cent YES vote in favour of the new Professional Staff enterprise agreement.

In addition to significant improvements to current conditions around workloads, organisational change and redeployment, superannuation, parental leave, and domestic violence leave, the new agreement includes a $500 sign-on bonus, “paid in the last full pay period of 2017”.

As you know, 2017 was a particularly tumultuous year for WSU staff.

The Shared Services restructures directly affected almost all of the university’s Professional Staff, and the decision to outsource campus security in the latter part of the year saw yet another in-house service move to the private sector.

Many staff – some with more than 20 years’ dedicated service to the organization – found they no longer had a job, and accepted redundancies. A significant number of these staff exited the university on 20 December.

The final slap in the face for those staff being made redundant in the lead-up to Christmas was the university’s decision not to honour the $500 sign-on bonus for anyone who was no longer employed on 28 December.

On 20 December 2017, CPSU NSW wrote to the university to remind it of its legal and moral obligation to honour the $500 sign-on bonus for staff who were employed at the time of the vote, but who were made redundant in the final working week of the year.

You can read that letter HERE.

CPSU NSW is pleased to report that as a result of these efforts, the university has reversed its decision.

The $500 sign-on bonus will now be paid to all staff who exited the university between 14 December and 28 December 2017.

CPSU NSW is the union for Professional Staff at WSU.

We are stronger together.

Join the CPSU NSW online HERE.

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.

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Southern Cross University – Log of claims survey

Jan 10, 2018

Southern Cross University – Log of claims survey – January 2018 (PDF version)

CPSU NSW wishes all members a very Happy New Year; welcome to 2018!

Your current enterprise agreement expires this year, and the CPSU NSW bargaining team will be meeting with management on 12 February to begin negotiations for its replacement.

Before this can happen, we need to decide what claims we would like to make.

We will be holding an online survey to decide what goes into our log of claims. This is your chance to tell us which of your current conditions you love, which you’d like to see changed, and any new things you’d like to see added. Please follow the link HERE, and have your say.

The survey will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 24 January.

Once the results are gathered, a copy of the final log of claims will be distributed prior to our first enterprise bargaining meeting on 12 February.

For any further information or feedback, please contact one of your CPSU NSW bargaining representatives:

Asren Pugh – Regional Organiser

Toni Ledgerwood – SCU Branch President

Shelley Odewahn

Jen Mitchell – Industrial Officer

You can support your Professional Staff Bargaining Team by:

  • Sharing this update with your colleagues
  • Asking your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW online HERE.
  • And provide feedback to your Bargaining Team.

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.

CPSU NSW secures pay rise for copied state award workers at Water NSW

Jan 9, 2018

CPSU NSW secures pay rise for copied state award workers at Water NSW – January 2018 (PDF version)

A Fair Work Commission expert panel has accepted a CPSU NSW application, and amended its original 2016-2017 Annual Wage Review (AWR) decision to ensure employees covered by a copied state award receive up to 3.3 per cent. This is in line with what the panel originally intended, despite the change being strenuously opposed by lawyers acting for Water NSW. The decision has broad national implications and will benefit workers covered by copied state awards across all industries and professions.

The CPSU NSW brought the application on behalf of staff recently transferred to Water NSW from the Department of Primary Industry. It follows a decision by the corporation not to pass on the Fair Work Commission annual increase to copied state awards. Our application was also supported by the ASU and ACTU.

In dismissing the corporation’s submissions, the panel agreed with the CPSU NSW that an “obvious” drafting error had been made in the section of the AWR decision which dealt with copied state awards, to the extent that “it had the unintended effect of precluding all employees covered by copied state awards who had received an increase any time before 1 July the previous year from receiving the review increase of the current year”. In light of the error, the panel has ordered a correction to the original decision ensuring increases of up to 3.3 per cent are passed on in full.

Click HERE for a copy of the Fair Work Commission decision and click HERE a copy of the order.

As a result of the CPSU NSW’s legal action, recently transferred DPI staff will now receive an additional 1.65 per cent pay rise backdated to 1 July 2017. Affected CPSU NSW members earning around $80,000 should now receive back pay of at least $660 and more than $50 a fortnight extra in your pay.

Achievements like this is only possible through the support of CPSU NSW and PSA members. It is through your membership, your ongoing involvement with your union and the dedication of your hardworking delegates who volunteer their time that we are able to achieve excellent outcomes like this.

One small thing you can do to help your union to continue our work is to ask a colleague to JOIN the CPSU NSW (PSA). The more members involved, the stronger your union will be and the more we can achieve for our members.

As always, it pays to be union.

Disability members – Share this Facebook video

Jan 9, 2018

Disability members – Share this Facebook video – January 2018 (PDF version)

Please see this short video on the PSA and CPSU NSW Facebook pages.

Disability workers discuss…

This is the second video in a series, so please like, leave a comment and share with your friends, family and work colleagues.

If you have a question, please speak to your local union delegate, your PSA/CPSU NSW organiser, call 1300 772 679 or email

Call 1300 772 679 to arrange for a union organiser to attend your next team meeting or to hold a members’ meeting at your workplace

See the first video here

Please like and follow both the PSA and CPSU NSW Facebook pages:


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