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School support staff call on NSW government to close schools now

School support staff call on NSW government to close schools now

School support staff, including school learning support officers, admin staff, aboriginal education officers, and other non-teaching staff in schools, are calling on the NSW government to adopt the UK model in closing schools, while maintaining support for the children of frontline, essential service workers. The Public Service Association, which represents NSW's 17,500 non-teaching school staff, said following a meeting today members are now calling on…

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Mooted public service wage freeze would cripple NSW economy, cripple regions

Mooted public service wage freeze would cripple NSW economy, cripple regions

The Public Service Association says today's Sun-Herald report of a possible wage freeze for New South Wales' public servants would cripple the state's economy, after a horror summer. Stewart Little, General Secretary of the PSA, said as the country's biggest employer, public sector wages set the standard for broader wage growth because of their spillover effect into the private sector. "The NSW government is the…

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Premier's bushfire inquiry must consider impact of budget cuts - 30 Jan 2020

Premier's bushfire inquiry must consider impact of budget cuts - 30 Jan 2020

NSW's public services union says any independent bushfire inquiry must examine what impact the state's crippling budget cuts have had on frontline agencies ability to prepare for horror fire season. "We cautiously welcome this inquiry into the bushfires, and it's apparently wide scope because there are many unanswered questions about how underfunding of key agencies have left our state unprepared,"said Stewart Little, general secretary of…

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Deputy Premier's war with environment fuels bushfire crisis, weakens NSW - 23 Jan 2020

Deputy Premier's war with environment fuels bushfire crisis, weakens NSW - 23 Jan 2020

The NSW Coalition’s internal war over climate change is the real ideological battle preventing action on bushfires, not park rangers, says the Public Service Association. “Now the Deputy Premier has returned from holiday, he is back to picking fights with his Liberal colleagues over climate change and once again park rangers are his fodder,” said Stewart Little, general secretary of the Public Service Association. "NSW's…

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NSW Government's ICAC cuts great news for corruption

NSW Government's ICAC cuts great news for corruption

The Berejiklian Government's savage cuts to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is great news for corruption, according to the Public Service Association. The ICAC has announced it will be forced to make 31 full-time employees redundant as a result of the $4.7 million cuts. The PSA, which represents ICAC staff, says the cuts will be devastating. "ICAC cuts are great news for corruption in…

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