PSA News – 9 May 2014

May 9, 2014

People Matter Survey

Members would have recently received an email in relation to the second “People Matter” survey.

The PSA strongly encourages members to participate as it provides a rare opportunity for the voices of public sector workers to be heard.

The last “People Matter” survey provided the first hard evidence of the extent of bullying in the public sector, an issue the PSA has been working for many years to highlight.

As a result, this issue has been receiving significant attention from both the Public Service Commission and agency heads.

The PSA encourages members to give their full support to the survey process and complete it as soon as possible.

Workers comp cuts – how have they impacted on you?

For almost two years, unions have been pressuring the NSW Government to reverse the savage cuts that were made to workers compensation in 2012.

You can maintain the rage by telling the Government exactly how these attacks are impacting on you by completing the Unions NSW survey HERE.

The results of the survey will be presented to the Government and Opposition.

Even if you have completed one of these surveys in the past, Unions NSW needs to hear from you again with your latest experiences.

For more information about the workers compensation changes please go to www.nswforall.org.au

Public or private: where’s the debate?

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 is also being 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.

Click HERE to read Anne Gardiner’s address given at the launch which highlights some of the issues around privatising public services and the failed British model for privatisation, called “Big Society”.

Further reading

  • Contracting out public services to the private sector – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (click here).
  • Big Society and Australia – Centre for Policy Development (click here).

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

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

Science and Technical Working Group EOI closes Friday 16 May

As advised in the current edition of Red Tape, members working in a scientific role are encouraged to express an interest in being part of a working party to establish a Science and Technical Vocational Advisory Group.

It is anticipated that the Advisory Group will represent the interests of PSA members working in scientific and technical areas.

To be part of the working party you must be working in the positions above.

The first meeting of the working party will be in late May 2014 in Sydney.

Interested and want to find out more?

Email Marg Fullick at mfullick@psa.asn.au

Do it for Ben – find him a home & stop the disability services sell off

Ben is 21 and was born with an intellectual disability.

Two years ago, his condition took a turn for the worse after an adverse reaction to medication.

His parents realised that they were unable to provide their son with the care he needed.

Click HERE to help to find Ben a home and join the fight to stop a vital Government service being abandoned.

PSA News – 6 May 2014

May 6, 2014

Court of Appeal supports Government wages policy

The Court of Appeal today ruled in favour of the Baird Government’s position that increases in superannuation are to be included under its wage cap.

As members know, the PSA has fought tirelessly to secure the full 2.5% rather than have it discounted by the rise in the superannuation guarantee levy.

Today’s decision however means members employed under the Public Sector Salaries and related awards will, under the 2013 wage case, receive no more than the 2.27% that has been already paid.

This equates to the 2.5% available under the Government’s wages policy discounted by the rise in the superannuation guarantee levy.

In April 2013, the PSA applied to the Industrial Relations Commission for a 2.5% salary increase to commence from 1 July 2013.

This was the maximum allowed, without trade-offs, under the Government’s unfair wages policy.

In May, the Government suddenly announced its intention to use the Federal Government’s increase to the Superannuation Guarantee Contribution as an excuse to reduce the pay of public sector workers.

The PSA argued against this in the Industrial Relations Commission and won by unanimous decision of the Full Bench of the Commission.

The Government refused to accept the ruling and attempted to exhaust every legal loophole to find a way around the decision.

This included an unsuccessful attempt to change its own law.

An interim increase of 2.27% was however agreed upon and backdated – thanks to the PSA – to the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2013.

In December 2013, the Industrial Relations Commission ruled that the Government should pay the full 2.5% and not discount it by the superannuation increase.

But once again the Government was unprepared to accept the decision of the independent umpire and embarked on a multi-stepped strategy in defence of its position.

Again, it unsuccessfully moved to change its own law.

As part of this strategy, the Government took the matter to the Court of Appeal.

And today won.

“This is an extremely disappointing conclusion to a fight the PSA has led for the past year,” said PSA General Secretary, Anne Gardiner.

“Public sector workers have effectively been locked into pay increases below the inflation rate.“

“On top of the endless wave of job cuts, today’s decision will make it more difficult for the NSW public service to attract and retain highly skilled workers.”

The PSA will continue to fight to protect your wages and conditions and the important public services you provide.

PSA News – 1 May 2014

May 1, 2014

May Day 2014

Today, Thursday 1 May, is May Day, a celebration of the many achievements of the union movement and highlights the fights for the future.

In Sydney, the PSA will be marching under the Defending Public Services banner at the traditional gathering this weekend.

Details for Sydney are:

Assemble at 11:30am Sunday 4 May for march at 12 noon
Meeting Place – Macquarie Street, outside State Parliament House, Sydney

Rallies in regional areas:

Orange:

Sunday 4 May
Assemble Clinton St at Cook Park
(near Summer St west), Orange at 11am.
March will depart at 11.30am sharp to Robertson Park.
Join us after for a free sausage sizzle nearby.
Enquiries: Joe 0438 408 087

Wollongong:

March: Saturday 3 May, 10am – Assemble at Lowden Square Wollongong
For information: Elizabeth 4229 2888, 0421 86 2313 or email: mail@sclc.com.au

Newcastle:

March – Saturday 3 May at 10am from Hamilton Station, Beaumont Street.

Our working rights are under relentless attack from a State Government with a determined agenda to privatise public services.

It is now more important than ever to celebrate the many victories of the union movement and at the same time draw a line in the sand to ensure that the conditions that have been won will not be given up without a fight.

Join with us.

Not a PSA member?

Join HERE

 

Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, PSA of NSW, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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 News – 5 March 2014

Mar 5, 2014

International Women’s Day events

There are a number of events being hosted by unions this week to celebrate International Women’s Day.

  • Unions NSW IWD Lunch, 12 noon, Friday 7 March, Unions NSW Parramatta Office (Level 5, Gough Whitlam Plaza, 20 Wentworth Street, Parramatta).

More information and RSVP here:
http://www.unionsnsw.org.au/event/international-womens-day-lunch-parramatta/

  • IWD March, 11am, Saturday 8 March, Town Hall. March to Hyde Park.

More information and flyer here:
https://www.facebook.com/IWDSydney

  • Central Coast IWD March, 9.45am, Saturday 8 March, Cnr Burns Crescent Street, Gosford. March to Kibble Park.
  • Independent Education Union Event, 4.30-6.30pm, Friday 7 March, IEU Office, The Briscoe Building, 485-501 Wattle Street, Ultimo.

More information and RSVP here:
http://www.ieu.asn.au/news-publications/news/2014/02/international-womens-day-event-7-march-2014/

PSA says DOCS still failing to properly support staff – Sydney Morning Herald

‘‘Caseworker positions are being filled temporarily and they are being moved from office to office,’’ Public Service Association Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full story HERE

New email contacts @ psa

  1. memberpayments@psa.asn.au – for queries relating to the payment of your fees, contact details etc.
  2. membersupport@psa.asn.au – to contact the Member Support Centre with industrial enquiries.

Want to call the PSA?

Q: What is the number for the PSA now that the Member Support Centre (MSC) has gone live?
A: 1300 PSA NSW (1300 772 679)

Q: What if I call the old number?
A: It will be redirected to 1300 PSA NSW (1300 772 679) for 12 months.

Q: I’m a regional member and I called the PSA’s 1800 number previously. What do I do now?
A: Regional members will now also use 1300 PSA NSW (1300 772 679).

If you call 1300 PSA NSW (1300 772 679) using a landline, it will be charged as a local call (30 cents), regardless of your location.

Any call from a mobile phone to the PSA whether it was to the previous 1800 number or the new 1300 number will have an associated cost which will depend on the mobile plan of the caller.

Not a PSA member?
Join HERE

 

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

PSA News – 24 February 2014

Feb 24, 2014

Government Sector Employment Act comes into effect today

On Thursday 20 February, the Government published the new Government Sector Employment Regulation and Government Sector Employment Rules.

These come into effect today, Monday, 24 February 2014 along with the Government Sector Employment Act.

The Public Service Commission has advised the PSA that changes arising from the new legislation will be implemented in stages.

Members should contact the PSA if your agency or management try and take this opportunity to implement unreasonable changes.

Email your enquiries to research@psa.asn.au

Further advice about the implementation of the GSE Act will be provided in the coming days.

What you want from your union – Live Chat

The PSA will be conducting a Live Chat on 3 March between 12 and 2pm.

The link to the chat is HERE.

It goes live from 12.00pm on 3 March.

PSA position vacant – Senior Communications Officer (Journalist)

The PSA requires a Senior Communications Officer (journalist) as a member of its Communications team in Sydney.

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2.5% update

The Government’s request for a stay (or suspension) of Justice Boland’s orders to pay the full 2.5% was granted in the Court of Appeal on 11 February.

The matter now rests on the outcome of the Government’s application for a judicial review of Justice Boland’s decision which will be heard by the Court of Appeal on 14 March 2014.

Your union is not giving up on this.

International Women’s Day Saturday 8 March

International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday 8 March.

Members are invited to join in the march which commences at Sydney Town Hall at 11am.

After the march there will be a talk by Coral Levett.

For further information, please contact the PSA’s Acting Women’s Industrial Officer, Jenny Singleton at jsingleton@psa.asn.au.

See you at the march.

Central West Jobs Summit

Local unions and the Central West Union Alliance have organised a Central West Jobs Summit as part of the campaign to secure the area’s future.

This event will bring together local workers, unions, education, research and community organisations, and business representatives, and provide a foundation to campaign for the needs of the region and the workers affected.

Day 1

Tuesday 4 March 2014
9:30-4:30pm
Kokoda Room
Orange Ex-Services Club
231-243 Anson Street, Orange

Day 2

Tuesday 11 March 2014
9:30-4:30pm
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
105 William Street, Bathurst

Attendance is free but registration essential: register online for the two day summit at:

https://register.eventarc.com/20558/2014-central-west-jobs-summit-day-1-orange

https://register.eventarc.com/20559/2014-central-west-jobs-summit-day-2-bathurst

For more information: www.unionsnsw.org.au.

Save our TAFE campaign tour

PSA staff have been undertaking a number of workplace visits and public forums across 18 colleges.

The impact on regional TAFEs of the Smart and Skilled reforms will be significant for both staff and the community.

Raising awareness and obtaining public support in regional centres is part of an ongoing campaign.

The plight of TAFE NSW and the attacks on education is being discussed at the meetings and public forums as are the broader attacks on the NSW public sector such as the NDIS.

The next meeting is:

Tuesday 25 February 2014
Leichhardt Town Hall – public forum (7.00pm)

PSA Member Support Centre 1300 772 679

The PSA’s Member Support Centre (MSC), the union’s call facility, goes live on Monday, 3 March, 2014.

It is your direct line to the PSA if you require advice and support on a work related matter.

The MSC will ensure all phone calls to the PSA are promptly dealt with.

Remember, it goes live on Monday, 3 March, 2014.

For more about the PSA’s restructure click HERE.

HSR training

The PSA is conducting the HSR one day refresher course on 27 February.

This training is only available to those HSRs who have undertaken the 5 day HSR training or the 1 Day HSR bridging course.

The PSA is an accredited HSR training provider and HSRs have the right to access training opportunities.

Contact whs@psa.asn.au

Not a PSA member?

Join HERE

Still pay your PSA fees by payroll deduction?

Switching from the payroll deduction of your union fees to direct debit from a bank account means peace of mind.

It locks in your membership of the PSA.

It also ensures the strength of your union into the future, making it financially independent of any government – state or federal, Labor or Liberal – at any time.

If payroll deductions were cut not only would our service to you be reduced but our membership would shrink with a corresponding loss in all important bargaining power.

So switch to direct debit HERE.

Or talk to your PSA organiser, delegate or email membership@psa.asn.au.

 

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

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