2020 - Present - Public Service Association

PSA Timeline: 2020 – Present

Year Information
2020 Fires grip large parts of NSW. PSA/CPSU NSW members in the Rural Fire Service, Forestry Corp, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Corrective Services, Housing and Fire & Rescue are put to work fighting the blazes and helping in their aftermath. Sadly, a member from TAFE is among the 34 people killed.
2020 As COVID-19 arrives in Australia, members work on through a pandemic, both in the community and working from home. The Association’s membership  climbs back over 38,000.
2020 COVID-19 forces a lockdown in NSW. Union members in prisons take steps to keep the pandemic out of gaols, while schools throughout NSW switch to home-learning. Events such as PSA/CPSU NSW Annual Conference, and the election for union officeholders are cancelled.
2020 The CPSU NSW gets coverage in the state’s newest – and largest – prison, the Clarence Correctional Centre.
2020 A number of PSA members in Police Aviation get a huge windfall when thousands of dollars in underpayments are discovered.
2020 After a sustained campaign by the PSA and other groups the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is saved from closure.
2020 Union pressure and the aftermath of bushfires keeps Forestry Corporation of NSW in public hands.
2021 The PSA/CPSU NSW election, postponed due to COVID-19, is held. Stewart Little is re-elected as  General Secretary, with Troy Wright returned as Assistant General Secretary. The membership elects a new President; Nicole Jess from Corrective Services.
2021 NSW undergoes a more severe lockdown, which starts in June and is tapered out by December. Large numbers of people work from home, an option not available to many PSA/CPSU NSW members. COVID-19 is largely kept out of prisons, with a breakout in September contained.
2021 PSA pressure forces then Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to abandon his plan to limit the public sector pay rise to 1.5 per cent.
2021 When Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns over ICAC investigations, she is replaced by Dominic Perrottet, a zealous advocate for privatising state assets.
2021 NSW Police announces closure of Police Radio at Penrith putting 70 jobs in jeopardy. After a quick, well-organised PSA campaign, the Police cancelled the move.
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