2020 - Present - Public Service Association

PSA Timeline: 2020 – Present

Year Information
2023 March 2023: Labor wins the NSW state election on 25 March 2023 with a minority government, ending 12 years of Liberal-National coalition government. Chris Minns becomes the 47th Premier of NSW.
2023 March 2023: Unions NSW are running their own campaign, Essential Workers Deserve Better, but have also embraced the PSA’s Privatisation Hurts Everyone campaign, in particular, our campaign against the possible privatisation of Sydney Water. The public almost unanimously are outraged by the suggestion that water could be privatised.
2023 February 2023:  The PSA’s seven-week state election campaign, Privatisation Hurts Everyone, kicked off in early Feb. After years of campaigning against the privatisation of public services and assets, the general public’s perception of how privatisation has had a negative impact on public services and how the sale of public assets has only ever transferred public wealth into private hands is finally being better understood. PSA’s TV ads go live on social media (Facebook and YouTube) and later during Channel Nine 6pm news. https://psa.asn.au/privatisation-hurts-everyone/videos/ The NSW Labor Opposition is campaigning against privatisation, having often been in favour of it when they were last in government.
2022 December 2022: PSA commissions two TV ads as part of our state election campaign.
2022 Australia has experienced almost 10 million cases of COVID-19 with a total of 13,000 deaths. Lismore Flood Inquiry makes a number of recommendations and is critical of government failures. Government announces it will axe Resilience NSW and considers merging certain functions of the SES and RFS.
2022 PSA Day of Action around the state. Thousands of members strike in support of the PSA’s The Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise campaign.
2022 In May, the Australian Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, wins the federal election.
2022 The Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise campaign launched as the cost of living starts to increase at a much higher rate than experienced for many years. The PSA continues to campaign for the Coalition government’s public sector wage cap to be removed and that the power to set wage increases is handed back to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
2022 PSA announces financial support for members impacted by floods, similar to the support offered during the bushfires in 2020.
2022 Lismore floods on 28 Feb peaking at a record 14.4 metres. Lismore flooded again on 30 March.
2022 COVID-19 infections jump up dramatically in January 2022 with the pandemic continuing to impact on all aspects of life in Australia.
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.
2021 When Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigns over ICAC investigations, she is replaced by Dominic Perrottet, a zealous advocate for privatising state assets.
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 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 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.
2020 Union pressure and the aftermath of bushfires keeps Forestry Corporation of NSW in public hands.
2020 After a sustained campaign by the PSA and other groups the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is saved from closure.
2020 A number of PSA members in Police Aviation get a huge windfall when thousands of dollars in underpayments are discovered.
2020 The CPSU NSW gets coverage in the state’s newest – and largest – prison, the Clarence Correctional Centre.
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 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 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.


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