Water NSW bulletin

Nov 14, 2017

Water NSW bulletin – November 2017 (PDF version)

As you would be aware, the Water NSW Enterprise Agreement Roadshow is due to commence throughout the state in the coming days.

This is occurring even though negotiations have not yet concluded, and there are many aspects of the proposal that CPSU NSW is concerned about.

Click HERE for a CPSU NSW version of the enterprise agreement poster that provides a great overview of some of the issues of the proposed enterprise agreement. This poster will help employees to gain a better understanding of what Water NSW is proposing and what is on offer.

As members of CPSU NSW, we are relying on your help! We promise it won’t take much of your time!

Please print and display the poster

We kindly ask you to please print this poster (A3 and colour, if possible) and display within the common areas of your local office or area. Please also feel free to forward this poster onto to your colleagues and ask your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU.

Additional information

Prior to going to a vote, CPSU NSW members will be provided with additional information on how managements proposal will impact on all employees to ensure that members are provided with appropriate and complete levels of information to make an informed decision when it comes time to vote for the enterprise agreement.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact your union by emailing waterEB@psa.asn.au.

We appreciate you help and support.


Your CPSU NSW Bargaining Team:

Tim Budd, Andrew Harrison, Richard Wheatley and Scott Butler from Water NSW, and CPSU NSW industrial staff Thane Pearce, Blake Stephens, and Lisa Nelson.

Don’t accept a substandard enterprise agreement – demand a better deal.

Please note, all members of the Public Service Association of NSW are also members of the CPSU NSW. Members retain their membership if/when transferring between the Public Service and Government Services such as State Owned Corporations.

Disability forum in Newcastle on Tuesday – The Newcastle Herald

Nov 14, 2017

Today’s community forum in Newcastle to develop a positive plan with the community for a public disability safety net has received some early attention from the Newcastle Herald.

“We will work with people with disability, their advocates, families, workers, health professionals, academics and concerned community members and ask them what a public disability safety net should look like,” PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright told the Herald.

Read the full article HERE.

Henry Deane Building – Lunch n’ Learn Mental Health (Prevention and Resilience)

Nov 14, 2017

Henry Deane Building – Lunch n’ Learn Mental Health (Prevention and Resilience) – November 2017 (PDF version)

Monday 20 November


Rooms 4 & 5, Level 1

The PSA is hosting a Lunch n’ Learn for members at Henry Deane Building.

Presented by PSA WHS Officer, Suzanne Mann, the session provides information, strategies and resources to build personal resilience and enhance mental health awareness. It also provides participants with strategies to identify and support colleagues with mental health issues and encourage them to seek professional help.

The event will be catered with sandwiches and biscuits, but attendees can bring their own lunch.

Please RSVP to PSA Organisers:

Numbers will be limited to a max of 20 members so please respond soon to reserve your spot.

United we bargain, divided we beg – A unionised workplace is a fairer one!

University of Newcastle enterprise bargaining update

Nov 14, 2017

University of Newcastle enterprise bargaining update – November 2017 (PDF version)

The fifth meeting of the Enterprise Bargaining teams was held on 8 November 2017.

CPSU NSW is pleased to announce the participation of two further bargaining representatives on our team, Lyn Keily from Library Cultural Collections and Stephen Hopkins from Environmental and Life Sciences. Both bring valued skills and experience to the negotiation.

Three hours of negotiation produced little in the way of solid progress. Although we had an expectation from the previous meeting that the university would respond in writing to various union proposals, and provide a basis for moving the discussion forward, the responses today were verbal and the ensuing conversation covered the same ground as before. This was disappointing.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment

Alterations to this clause were proposed in a joint unions claim that your CPSU ATSI representative Lillian Eastwood spoke to when first presented on 27 September. Today the Pro Vice Chancellor Steven Larkin and Wollotuka Director Leah Armstrong attended to provide their perspectives. As a result, almost all of the union recommendations have been agreed in principle. This was the brightest spot in a slow day.

Equity and diversity – LGBTI issues

The university position is that the specific issues of various interest groups are best addressed in policy, and confirmed it would involve unions in the review currently in progress.

The unions see value in a statement of acknowledgement in the agreement. Sadly, this is the same discussion we had last time. The clause will be redrafted.

Parental leave

Discussion focused on the unnecessary complexity of the current clause. The unions are proposing the close definition of Primary Carer is inhibiting the operation of the benefit as originally envisaged. The clause in its original form was a landmark win closely imitated by other institutions in subsequent years. The university agreed to take industrial advice and respond at the meeting of 6 December.

Organisational change

The joint unions claim for this clause incorporating requests to extend the scope and timing of the consultation was presented at the last meeting. The university at that time rejected the claim as proposed but agreed to consider providing for a separate Q&A session a few days after the initial briefing session to allow staff to ask questions once they had had a proper opportunity to examine the proposal. The CPSU also proposed wording to tighten the circumstances allowable as a one person change process. The university also rejected this claim.

The university had undertaken to respond in writing to the overall claim but the discussion today was again verbal and followed the same track as last time. The unions asked again for specific written responses to the elements of the claim.

The university did seem to give ground in the end towards formally recognising a Q&A session following the initial briefing but we again await their formal response.

Individual flexibility

This clause is required by the Fair Work Act. It is the relic of the IR regime of AWAs and IFAs that a previous Coalition government imposed. The present clause is restricted to variations to working patterns and hours of work.

The university presented a clause to allow the cashing out of annual leave. The CPSU has a philosophical objection to the introduction of any provision which undermines the basic entitlement to take time for rest and recreation away from the workplace. The right to annual leave was a hard-won battle fought by the union movement over a long period of time and is a key social justice issue. We had suggested restricting the provision to staff experiencing financial hardship and expected the university to come back with appropriate words to reflect our concern. Unfortunately, the document presented today did not take on board any of the feedback given at the two previous meetings by the bargaining reps. Again the discussion revolved on the same points as before and no progress was made.

Next meetings

For discussion on 22 November:

  • Indigenous clause – university to return with agreed changes adopted
  • LGBTI – redrafted clause
  • Flexibility (individual)
  • Annual leave
  • Long service leave

For discussion on 28 November:

  • A review of several clauses already agreed by the parties to be uncontentious, with a view to finalising as many as possible

For discussion on 6 December:

  • Parental leave
  • Matters referred from previous meetings
  • Schedule of meetings for 2018

Become involved

Please take the time to read through your current agreement to identify opportunities for improvement and contact your bargaining representatives to discuss any concerns you have. We will be calling general meetings or conducting further surveys as necessary when the issues under discussion require further direction from you. At the end of the negotiation you will be asked to vote on the package and we want that to be an informed and deliberate vote. Ask your colleagues to stand with you by joining the CPSU NSW today.


UoN Professional Staff representatives

Sue Freeman

Nick Koster

Lyn Keily

Stephen Hopkins

CPSU NSW staff

Jann Jeffries

Ron Hunter

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. www.facebook.com/CPSUnsw

General Assistants bulletin – Relief GA during recreation Leave

Nov 14, 2017

General Assistants bulletin – Relief GA during recreation Leave – November 2017 (PDF version)

Members advise that sometimes they are having difficulty taking recreation leave and getting schools to replace them during absences.

There is a lot of false information which is circulating around schools now that LMBR and the RAM has been rolled out across the state.

The PSA has made enquiries of the Department of Education (DoE) on the formal arrangements which should apply when a GA takes recreation leave.

The official DoE position is recreation leave is mapped to be non-chargeable to schools. This means while the substantive GA is on approved recreation leave he is funded from the centre and not from the school.

For the period of approved recreation leave the funding for the GA position remains in the school and can be used to fund the replacement GA.

Essentially, GA recreation leave is cost-neutral to the school and you should be able to take your leave without concern that the school will be worse off, or having to pay extra to another GA to replace you.

GA survey 2017

It has been a while since the GA membership has been surveyed so the PSA can learn of the industrial issues which are impacting on members across the state.

GAs are encouraged to take the time to complete the survey. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence. The survey is for internal PSA use and individual responses will not be shared with third parties.

You can complete the survey HERE.

The survey will only take 15 minutes of your time and can be completed at home if you do not wish to use computers at school. If you don’t have access to a computer and would like to complete the survey, please call the MSC on 1300 772 679 and a hard copy can be posted to you.

The GA Survey 2017 will close on 8 December 2017. A bulletin will be provided to GA members after the survey has closed and been analysed to inform members of the results.

Welcome to the new General Assistants Advisory Group (GAAG) delegates

The recent call for nominations and ballot of GA members sees some new faces on the GAAG. Congratulations and welcome to GAAG Delegates!

For members’ information, your GAAG Delegates are:

Delegate School Email contact
Douglas Ashton Cambridge Park High School Douglas.Ashton2@det.nsw.edu.au
Michael Burrell Chifley College Michael.Burrell10@det.nsw.edu.au
Philip Crowe Northern Beaches Secondary College Philip.Crowe@det.nsw.edu.au
Brett Hammond (Chair) Kirrawee High School BRETT.HAMMOND@det.nsw.edu.au
Michael Jedniuk Hinchinbrook Public School MICHAEL.JEDNIUK@det.nsw.edu.au
Boyd Kellner Byron Bay Public School BOYD.KELLNER@det.nsw.edu.au
Alan Livet Woolgoolga High School ALAN.LIVET@det.nsw.edu.au
Bill Martin Vincentia High School william.martin13@det.nsw.edu.au
Steve Smith (Secretary) Cobar High School stephen.smith130@det.nsw.edu.au

Change the Rules rally

Nov 14, 2017

Thursday, 16 November, Belmore Park, Sydney

A combined unions’ rally to Change the Rules is being held at 12.00 noon on Thursday, 16 November 2017 at Belmore Park in Sydney.

The rally will then march up to Cook and Phillip Park.

Members are encouraged to attend the lunch time rally – this is in your own time.

An outline of the PSA and CPSU NSW Change the Rules campaign was given an enthusiastic reception by delegates at the PSA’s Women’s Conference in September.

The PSA/CPSU NSW campaign will be launched in February 2018.





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