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Central Coast deserves better than 300 job cuts and slashed vital services says union

Apr 3, 2017

PSA Media release:

The NSW Government has slashed 300 public sector jobs on the Central Coast, with the privatisation of Disability Services and Out Of Home Care now also eating away at the community said the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This is a Government that just builds roads, not communities or a society,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“The Central Coast is out of sight and out of mind as far as this Government is concerned with the highest rate of vulnerable children in Out Of Home Care of all FACS districts in the state.”

“The Government’s ongoing privatisation agenda is setting up the Central Coast to fail spectacularly.”

“If the Government really wants to make a difference to the lives of the people of NSW, it should urgently rethink the catastrophic plan to privatise the Land Titles Registry, a move condemned by everyone from academics to property developers and pull back from the forced transfer of state disability services.”

“The Government trumpets its efforts on ‘life-changing projects’ but what could be more life changing for millions of people across NSW than to lose the security on their property?

“What could be more life changing for tens of thousands of families than to have the care of loved ones with disability thrown into free fall after the Government completely steps away from that space?”

“NSW will be the only state in Australia with no Government safety net for people with disability.”

“On the Central Coast alone, that will impact on 2,735 clients.”

“This is a Government that washes its hands of all social responsibility whether it’s starving the world class TAFE system of funds while throwing millions at dodgy private providers or pushing vulnerable kids into a non-Government Out of Home Care system and then reading the horror stories in the media.”

The NSW Government employs almost 10% of all workers in the Central Coast and is by far the largest employer in the region.

Record NSW prison population, rising assault rate, show a system ‘in a crisis’ – The Sydney Morning Herald

Feb 1, 2017

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little told the Sydney Morning Herald that overcrowding in the state’s prisons are seeing prisoners three up in cells. A recipe for disaster.

“It’s increasing the risks for [staff] at work. Assault rates have dramatically escalated, both inmate on inmate and – of particular concern to us – inmate on officer, and it’s just unacceptable.”

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Staff endangered by violent young inmates in prison population: union – Sydney Morning Herald

Jan 30, 2017

The violent pressure cooker situation inside Juvenile Justice Centres is about to blow and the PSA has had enough.

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Union hopes new Premier has a heart for a new start

Jan 24, 2017

PSA Media release:

The Public Service Association (PSA) congratulates Gladys Berejiklian on her elevation to the position of Premier.

It hopes the new leader’s approach of listening to the community will translate into the preservation in Government hands of quality public services for the people of NSW.

Under Mike Baird, the NSW Government was striding determinedly towards critical privatisations such as the sell-off of public disability services and the Land Titles Registry.

“The New Premier has stated that ‘people want to be heard’ and that it was ‘time to make sure everyone got their slice of the pie’” PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little said.

“The public needs the new Premier – unlike her predecessor – to show she has a heart in meeting its needs by supporting quality public services.”

“On that basis, a strong start for Ms Berejiklian would be to rethink the sale and total dismantling of public disability services and the sell-off of the Land Titles Registry.”

“People with disability will go into free fall without a strong Government safety net and the sale of the Land Titles Registry – which has been universally condemned by former staff, academics and even property developers – will have an enormous detrimental impact on the NSW economy.

“Surely, given the Premier’s experience in Treasury, the implications of the Land Titles sale should set off alarm bells.”

Corrections Day must lead to improved workers comp for Prison Officers

Jan 20, 2017

PSA media release:

The Public Service Association (PSA) welcomes the introduction of the inaugural Corrections Day on Friday 20 January 2017 and calls on the NSW Government to recognise Prison Officers as emergency services personnel for the purposes of workers compensation.

Police and other emergency personnel were exempt from the savage workers compensation reforms of the O’Farrell Government in 2012.

The union believes that Prison Officers should also have been granted exemptions from the cuts.

“Prison Officers go to work each day in the most dangerous environment in the country,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“Prison Officers are the bobbies on the beat, firefighters, nurses, paramedics and much more. They are the 24 hour a day crisis resolvers.”

“It’s time the NSW Government properly recognised their role and provided the same workers compensation entitlements as other emergency services personnel.”

“There aren’t too many workplaces in the world where the riot squad is on stand by when a ban on smoking is introduced.”

“Overcrowding has exaserbated the situation, making a dangerous environment potentially lethal given when emotions do explode it’s Prison Officers who put their bodies on the line to deal with individuals who have nothing to lose.”

“Prison Officers stand between some of the state’s most notorious criminals and the community but are expected to do so without adequate workers compensation protection for them and their families.”

“That situation must change,” said Stewart Little.

NSW prison expansions to deal with overcrowding could ‘create new problems’, union warns – ABC News

Jan 19, 2017

“We’re talking about rapid-build facilities that will have 50 inmates in a dormitory…who can be classified as maximum security,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

What could possibly go wrong?

Read the full ABC News article HERE.

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