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NSW bushfire inquiry report misses the point - Media Release 25/08/2020

NSW bushfire inquiry report misses the point - Media Release 25/08/2020

The NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry's report has missed the point about the state's complete lack of preparedness, inadequate staffing levels, and absence of interoperability between state emergency and firefighting agencies. Public Service Association (PSA) and the Fire Brigade Employees' Union (FBEU) said the report was underwhelming, and didn't tackle the urgent need for proper resourcing. "It is astonishing that this report says any investment in…

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icare's board must resign over systemic failures - 4 Aug 2020

icare's board must resign over systemic failures - 4 Aug 2020

The board of NSW's failed workers' compensation scheme must resign, following revelations they signed off on a move to deny 17,000 sick and injured workers proper compensation, says the Public Service Association. A parliamentary inquiry on Monday revealed among a myriad of failures that the icare board sought to terminate payments to 17,000 sick and injured workers. CEO John Nagle resigned late last night following…

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Public Service Association response to NSW wage freeze

Public Service Association response to NSW wage freeze

The following comment can be attributed to Stewart Little, general secretary of the Public Service Association: "Today’s decision is extraordinarily disappointing for our members. “More than 60 percent of our members are women, many of them are on medium to low incomes and the sole earners for their families, and many live in regional NSW. This will hurt them. "They are prison officers, teachers’ aides,…

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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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