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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.

TAFE NSW Flexible Working Hours Agreement

Mar 24, 2017

TAFE NSW – flexible working hours agreement – 24 March 2017 (PDF Version)

Your union negotiated a Flexible Working Hours Agreement (FWHA) with TAFE NSW which allows for flex workers to accrue and take up to six Flex Days in any 12-week settlement period.

Specifically, the FWHA states:

“All eligible day workers may take up to six (6) days (or 42 hours) flex time days in the settlement period, as either full days, half days, hours or a combination. At the conclusion of a settlement period an employee may carry forward a time credit of up to 21 hours to the next settlement period.”

As we are approaching the end of your first settlement period under the new Agreement, we want to remind you that you need to make arrangements now for taking your flex days, if you haven’t already done so.

It is important to know that your manager must ensure that you to take your flex leave. You cannot lose the leave because you must be allowed to take it in each 12-week timeframe. Any flex leave accrued above 21 hours must be taken before 31 March.

If this means your local work unit closes for a day or a half day because replacement staff can’t be found, your work unit must close to ensure you do not lose any accrued flex time.

You can also carry over 21 hours into the next settlement period if necessary or if you wish to do so.

Please ensure that if you haven’t yet taken your leave, you negotiate with your manager to take it at a suitable time for both you and TAFE NSW in the coming weeks.

You can support the work of the PSA (CPSU) and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN the PSA (CPSU) HERE.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know what their rights are, and encourage them to JOIN the PSA (CPSU) HERE.

TAFE NSW Working With Children Check update

Mar 17, 2017

TAFE NSW Working With Children Check update – March 2017 (PDF version)

TAFE NSW has been reminding staff and unions the deadline for applying for the Working With Children Check (WWCC) is coming up on the 31 March.

The consequences for not applying for a WWCC could be serious and your union urges members to apply for a WWCC as soon as possible.

The PSA (CPSU) continues to look for ways to have the employer pay for this check. However, we do not have a clear answer just yet. Please keep your receipt so that if there is a chance we can claim the cost back for you or you can claim the cost as a tax deduction.

Members who are facing financial difficulties, please contact your local People and Culture representative. If you don’t get a suitable response, then contact the PSA (CPSU) on 1300 772 679.

If any member has a WWCC rejected, please contact the PSA (CPSU) and the union will advocate for you to work in a position that does not require a WWCC. Failing a WWCC does not mean someone is a bad person or has a bad history. A failure can come from a range of reasons, so please don’t assume the worst if you or a colleague has an application declined.

You can support the work of the PSA (CPSU) and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they are informed about this important requirement, and encourage them to JOIN the PSA (CPSU).

TAFE NSW WWCC update

Mar 7, 2017

TAFE NSW WWCC update – 7 March 2017 (PDF Version)

As you are aware, under current legislation, the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, employees working with children need to have a current Working with Children Check clearance.

TAFE employees have until 31 March 2017 to do this. TAFE has advised us 38 per cent of staff have not yet done so.

Please ensure you make your application now if you have not already done so.

If you are having difficulties with the process, please contact your local delegate for help to make the application.

If you are having difficulties with paying the $80, please contact your local Human Resources department.

If you have applied for the check and it has come back unapproved or rejected, please contact your union for further support: pdangerfield@psa.asn.au.

It is important you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the PSA (CPSU) and your local delegates by joining the PSA (CPSU).

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know what their rights are, and encourage them to JOIN THE PSA (CPSU).

 

TAFE NSW Working With Children Check

Feb 21, 2017

TAFE NSW Working With Children Check – February 2017 (PDF version)

As you are aware, under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, employees working with people under 18 need to have a current Working with Children Check.

Under the guidelines, TAFE NSW employees who need a Working with Children Check are required to have the documentation by 31 March 2017.

There is provision in the Act under Section 8 which allows you not to be penalised if you have applied for the check but it has not been processed by 31 March.

The check costs $80 and the PSA (CPSU) has sought legal advice as to whether the employee has to pay this fee. Unfortunately, the advice has been delayed due to the illness of the lawyer.

In the circumstances, we advise all members who haven’t yet done so to go ahead and complete the Working with Children Check.

If you are unsure of how to do this or need help or support through the process, please contact your local delegate.

Please keep your receipt for the $80. If the legal advice is that the employee does have to pay, you can claim back on your tax as long as you have your receipt. If the legal advice suggests that we can test the case, we will need your receipt for our claim on your behalf.

We thank you for your patience during this process.

It is important you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the PSA (CPSU) and your local delegates by JOINING your union.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know what their rights are, and encourage them to JOIN the PSA (CPSU).

TAFE NSW Finance review

Feb 21, 2017

TAFE NSW finance review – February 2017 (PDF version)

As you are aware, TAFE NSW has decided – as a result of feedback – to widen the scope of the Finance Review and include another 17 positions, which will extend the consultation period.

We understand that if your position has been affected as one of the 17, you will have had a meeting in the last week with your local HR representative.

Your union met with management on 16 February to discuss issues around the widening of the scope. We are deeply concerned that newly affected members have had only one week to consider the review and respond. We are also concerned TAFE NSW has accessed funding for training for affected and/or displaced staff through smart and skilled. smart and skilled funding is only available to NSW residents, so members living across the border in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia or the ACT cannot access the funding.

We raised these concerns with management and stressed the importance of extending the timeframe for feedback, as well as ensuring these extra staff now affected get access to the same information as staff in the original scope of the review. Newly affected staff should get a roadshow as well.

We will inform you when we have received a response from TAFE NSW in regard to our concerns.

If you have feedback, please copy it to pdangerfield@psa.asn.au

Please also let us know of any concerns you may have.

As we work our way through the coming restructures it is important that you have a say and your voice is heard.

You can support the work of the PSA (CPSU) and your local delegates by asking your colleagues to JOIN their union.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know what their rights are, and encourage them to JOIN the PSA (CPSU).

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