Sheriff’s Officers survey

Nov 9, 2017

Sheriff’s Officers survey – November 2017 (PDF version)

At conciliation on Monday 6 November in relation to the Sheriff’s Uniform Directive of 6 June 2017, Chief Commissioner Kite advised he will consider whether that dispute is discontinued at the hearing of our summons to produce on 17 November.

The Sheriff of NSW, Ms Hall stated the dispute should be discontinued because SOVBAG said in previous conciliations We Welcome it [referring to the direction].

Ms Hall then said based on that statement, there is no issue with the directive therefore the summons for them to produce documents around that directive should be struck out.

We have to show Chief Commissioner Kite whether Sheriff’s Officers accept or do not accept the directive.

This link HERE is to a survey for Sheriff’s Officers to respond to 3 questions with Yes or No and a short comment. We need your response by Monday 13 November.

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
  • Not a member JOIN online

Your PSA SOVBAG Delegates

Eddie Lia – Campbelltown Court

Daniel De La Paz – Penrith Court

Stephen Hancock – Burwood Court

Tony Morawsky – Mt Druitt

Andrew Pierce – Parramatta

Glen Elliot-Rudder – Wagga Wagga

Jason Woollett – Liverpool Court

Help us fight for a Disability Safety Net

Nov 9, 2017

Help us fight for a Disability Safety Net – November 2017 (PDF version)

The fight against the privatisation has been long and hard and involved many of you over the years. Thank you for emailing your MP to help drive home the strength of opposition to removing the public sector as a direct provider of disability services.

Despite much of the privatisation going ahead, we have won more security and certainty in the employment and conditions of our members, which we all know leads to better outcomes for people with disability. An insecure workforce is not good for anyone.

Your email contributed to our political campaign resulting in commitment from Luke Foley to involve Government in the disability sector.

Mr Foley said again on 25 October 2017:

“We’ve made a commitment that under a Labor Government there will be a role for the state, for the State Government itself, in the provision of disability services.”

But the fight is not over. We must continue to fight for a publicly run service to ensure no person with disability falls through the cracks.

NDIS funding is inadequate to sustain the current support requirements of people with disability and will not cover all of the services and facilities that a civil society should provide.

That is why we will be holding a Safety Net Forum in Newcastle on 14 of November.

Please register to attend HERE.

If you are on Facebook, like the Disability Safety Net page HERE.

We will continue to show leadership in the disability sector to ensure proper support for people with disability, parents, advocates and carers are in place.


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Child protection case workers’ union takes aim at Family and Community Services resourcing in Hunter New England after accreditation failure – Newcastle Herald

Nov 9, 2017

Following a report in the Newcastle Herald that the Hunter New England branch of FACS risked losing its accreditation after failing to meet the standards of the Office of Children’s Guardian, PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright hit back stating the problem is due to poor resourcing in the high demand region. “It’s almost as if it’s been set up to fail,” he said told the Newcastle Herald.

Read the full Newcastle Herald article HERE.

Ministry of Health PSA meeting notice

Nov 9, 2017

Ministry of Health PSA meeting notice – November 2017 (PDF version)

Your next union meeting will be on:

Wednesday 15 November 2017


Level 4 Kirribilli Room

Items for discussion

  • PSA representative on relocation to St Leonards Sub Committee
  • Free union training for members
  • General business

Anything raised at this meeting will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Membership forms will be available for those wishing to sign up on the day.

Your Ministry of Health delegates are:

  • Julie Westacott
  • John Bertacco
  • Peter Gilfedder

For more information contact the PSA on: 1300 772 679 or email us at


Transport for NSW meeting notice

Nov 9, 2017

Transport for NSW meeting notice – November 2017 (PDF version)

Your union, the PSA will be visiting your workplace to talk to all staff.

10 November 2017


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Come along at any time to speak with your workplace organiser, Ben James, about any concerns you may be having.

Membership forms will be available for those wishing to sign up on the day. All staff are encouraged to join the PSA and be involved by having a say in how their workplace is run.

It’s time to get involved!

CPSU NSW Enterprise Bargaining update for UNE Professional Staff

Nov 8, 2017

CPSU NSW Enterprise Bargaining update for UNE Professional Staff – November 2017 (PDF version)

This week marked our eighth meeting for Professional Staff bargaining and, despite our continued efforts, UNE seems to be stalling the process with its unwillingness to table draft clauses and information. We are quite concerned this may be a tactic to lead to termination of the agreement. If this happens, ALL the PAY and CONDITIONS we enjoy that have been gained from previous rounds of bargaining will be LOST and negotiations will restart from the award. This is a place we definitely do not want to go.

In response, CPSU NSW has provided draft clauses, and a list of current clauses to which all three parties have indicated that they seek “no significant change”. We hope to come to “in principle” agreement on the “no change” clauses at the next meeting.

A serious concern to all our members, brought to the table by UNE management, is the desire to scale back long service leave accrual after
15 years’ service.
Comparisons show that we are well matched with our university sector peers on this one. Your bargaining team will be fighting hard to keep this condition as it is.

UNE management has indicated it wants to make sweeping changes to fixed-termed employment for Professional Staff. Its focus will make it seem like this is a much better alternative to casual employment. What the university doesn’t want you to see is that this is an erosion of permanent employees.

UNE is not trying to improve conditions for casual staff as it will claim and focus on, it is trying to minimise permanent staff in exchange for fixed-term employees without long term job security.

There was also broad discussion around the Unsatisfactory Performance, PPDR, Misconduct and Domestic Violence clauses. Some progress was made in negotiating outcomes on these topics, however final judgement will be reserved until we see the actual draft clauses on the table.

The next EB meeting will be in a fortnight and we will update you then. Until then, read between the lines any official UNE EB communications. A bit of skepticism will not lead you astray. If you have any questions or would like to help us out, contact your CPSU delegates.

Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body that resources and manages the CPSU NSW

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