Grafton Jail filling up quickly with new inmates and staff – The Daily Examiner

Sep 22, 2015

The PSA’s push since December 2014 to reopen Grafton gaol in the face of dangerous overcrowding in the state’s prisons has been successful.

Read The Daily Examiner article HERE

TAFE New England – Educational Services structure dispute win

Sep 11, 2015

TAFE New England (TNE) has been conducting a review of the structure of its Educational Services. Just prior to the release of a restructure proposal, staff in the Strategy and Innovation Unit were told that they were also going to be included in the review. The proposal initially involved the disbanding of the Strategy and Innovation Unit and the creation of an eLearning team.

Following consultation with members, the PSA(CPSU) lodged a dispute centred on the engagement process for Strategy and Innovation staff as well as the form and content of the change proposal document.

The PSA(CPSU) achieved a fantastic outcome where:

  1. TNE agreed to remove all reference to the disbanding of the Strategy & Innovation Unit and the creation of an eLearning Team from the Educational Services Structure change proposal.
  2. TNE and the PSA/CPSU agreed to issue a joint statement to staff about the resolution.

Read more HERE

2.5% pay win

Jun 30, 2015

After consultation with members, the PSA has secured a 2.5% increase under the Public Sector Salaries and related awards.

The 2.5% pay rise will be paid in the first full pay period after 1 July 2015.

Members who have retired or been made redundant and leave the service after the first full pay period in July 2015 will also be entitled to the increase.

If you have not received your pay rise by the end of July, please contact the PSA Member Support Centre on 1300 772 679.

Member action cuts export of ServiceFirst jobs

Apr 10, 2015

While jobs will be moved from the public sector to companies Infosys and Unisys, 70 percent of those will remain in the state, rather than being outsourced abroad.

This is a direct result of the campaign against the offshore ousourcing.

A new services delivery centre is planned for western Sydney.

Whilst not the win we hoped for, keeping most of the jobs local will mean public sector workers will also be able to apply for the positions in the private companies.

The PSA fought a long campaign to keep outsourced jobs from being sent abroad.

Following media coverage of the issue, including an article in The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 March, PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner and PSA members ofServiceFirst at Parramatta presented a community-run petition containing 1136 signatures to the Opposition spokesperson for Finance and Service, Peter Primrose. Several Labor MPs from the local area also attended the presentation.

More than 30 members at Parramatta stopped work to attend the handover, along with their families and local business owners.

On 26 March, more than 150 members from ServiceFirst walked off the job in Parramatta and at the McKell Building in Sydney to protest against the plans to privatise and offshore their jobs.

In Parramatta, 100 ServiceFirst members were joined by 50 members from Community Services, along with other concerned members. Another 50 ServiceFirst workers also took a stand at the McKell Building.

Members in Parramatta marched through the streets to the office of Liberal MP Geoff Lee, chanting slogans such as; “ServiceFirst is not for sale, keep our jobs in NSW!”

On 6 March 2015 a story ran in The Sydney Morning Herald, with extensive comment from PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner highlighting the loss of jobs and potential risk of outsourcing data.

ServiceFirst, which employs more than 300 staff in Parramatta, the CBD, and across regional NSW, is an award-winning shared service provider.

The organisation manages IT, HR, payroll and finance for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Treasury, Office of Finance and Services (OFS), Service NSW and the Public Service Commission.

Infosys and Unisys will take over the roles in November and December this year.

Announcing the move, chief executive of the OFS, Simon Smith, acknowledged the changes have caused “personal pressure and stress” for many workers, and said the department’s “executive are committed to supporting affected employees”.

The PSA estimates more than 30,000 people within the NSW public sector perform jobs similar to those carried out by ServiceFirst – all of whom could be the Baird Government’s next outsourcing targets.

PSA win ensures rights of FACS workers to stand up on 13 November

Nov 6, 2014

The Government’s attempt to prevent FACS staff from attending the Thursday 13 November rally outside Parliament House against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has been successfully blocked by a strong PSA response.

The PSA is holding the rally on Thursday 13 November to hand over a petition containing nearly 25,000 signatures of NSW voters with PSA members committing in large numbers to attend.

On 31 October, FACS Head Office issued a directive to managers that no further leave or extended breaks were to be granted for 13 November, attempting to block staff from attending the rally.

The PSA quickly lodged a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission which was heard the Acting President of the IRC, Justice Boland on 5 November.

Justice Boland stated that “the approach of the Department was somewhat heavy handed”.

As a result, FACS has confirmed that it will remove the blanket ban and advise that normal leave practices will apply for 13 November.

Please ensure that you apply for leave or make appropriate lunch arrangements to be at Macquarie Street, Sydney at 12.00 on Thursday 13 November.

PSA win ensures rights of ADHC workers to stand up

Nov 6, 2014

Home Care Bulletin 6 November 2014 (PDF version)

The Government’s attempt to prevent FACS staff from attending the 13 November rally outside Parliament House against the privatisation of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has been successfully blocked by a strong PSA response.

The PSA is holding the rally on Thursday 13 November to hand over a petition containing nearly 25,000 signatures of NSW voters with PSA members committing in large numbers to attend.

On 31 October, FACS Head Office issued a directive to managers that no further leave or extended breaks were to be granted for 13 November, attempting to block staff from attending the rally.

The PSA quickly lodged a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission which was heard the Acting President of the IRC, Justice Boland on 5 November.

Justice Boland stated that “the approach of the Department was somewhat heavy handed”.

As a result, FACS has confirmed that it will remove the blanket ban and advise that normal leave practices will apply for 13 November.

The fact that the Government attempted to stop staff from attending this rally highlights the effectiveness of PSA members standing up for their rights, and demonstrates why you need to attend our rally on 13 November.

Please ensure that you apply for leave or make appropriate lunch arrangements to be at Macquarie Street, Sydney at 12.00 on Thursday 13 November.

Download the rally flyer HERE

If you have any questions about this bulletin or the rally, please email facsorganising@psa.asn.au

Home Care update – Government cancels another meeting

The State Government again cancelled a further bargaining meeting on 3 November.

This is now the third meeting to be cancelled.

As reported, Government representatives have already stated that the Government intends to protect current wages and conditions that are contained within your Award.

However, the PSA still has concerns about the protection of some conditions which are not contained in your Award, how they will be shielded and for how long.

Wages and conditions – protection period

As a result of questioning by the PSA during negotiations, the Government revealed it only intended to protect conditions until the competitive tendering process which is now due in 2016.

At that time the new owner (from the upcoming tender process) would have to resubmit a new tender for funding ageing and disability.

In response, the PSA demanded that the State Government secure three years protection of funding from the Federal Government.

This would ensure that whatever deal is reached with the union is guaranteed for a three year period as has been the case with previous privatisations.

A positive step forward in negotiations was NSW IR reps agreeing to take this back for the Government to consider.

The PSA is now waiting for the Government’s response to this request. This is what is causing the meeting delay.

Conditions outside the award

On 20 October, the PSA met with FACS representatives to identify conditions enjoyed by Home Care staff that sit outside of the Award.

These are contained in policy documents that used to apply across ADHC and also from the Home Care Personnel Manual.

The issues so far identified are OH&S First Aid in the Workplace Policy, the Client Transport Assistant Policy and aspects of leave contained in the Handbook that are more beneficial than the Award.

FACS is currently reviewing each of these so that they can indicate which issues they agree to protect.

If you have any questions about any of these issues contact your delegate attending the negotiations, Tania Shipman at Tania.Shipman@facs.nsw.gov.au

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