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Media Release: Parklea Prison Officers to Strike Over Safety Concerns - 25 Jan 2023

Prison Officers will picket Parklea Prison during a 48 hours strike over safety concerns commencing at 6am this Friday. Parklea Prison has the worst record for serious assaults on Prison Officers in NSW. Officers at the prison are routinely asked to work understaffed, especially on weekends. They are also the worst paid Prison Officers in Australia. The maximum security men’s prison is privately run by…

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Disability workers go backwards on the Federal Governments’ watch

Thousands of workers in the disability sector in NSW stand to lose pay and conditions this week in what the Community and Public Sector Union has labelled “an abandonment by all levels of government”. It comes upon the latest expiry of the five-year copied state awards, in the last month for employees LiveBetter, Ability Options and Aruma, following the privatisation of the NSW Government’s group…

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Feral horses plan requires well-resourced, and protected, NPWS staff - 22 Feb 2022

The NSW Government's ambitious plan to protect Kosciuszko National Park and reduce the number of feral horses will require permanent, well-resourced National Parks and Wildlife Services staff. "Conservation measures must always be lead by science, not emotions or nostalgia for long gone highland cattlemen that existed in Banjo Patterson's poems," said Stewart Little, general secretary of Public Service Association. "The science is in and it…

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Media Release: RFS boss dragging the chain on volunteer vaccination - 11 Feb 2022

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Robert Rogers is yet to require COVID-19 vaccinations for volunteers, despite a mandate for salaried RFS officers and all other NSW volunteers. The Public Service Association said members who are employed by RFS as well workers with firefighting duties in National Parks and Wildlife Services and the State Forest Corporation have consistently raised concerns about the vaccination status of RFS volunteers.…

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Report reveals public sector workers are pillars of South Coast economies - 15/11/2021

Groundbreaking report reveals public sector workers are the pillars of South Coast economies Public sector wages disproportionately supported regional NSW economies during the prolonged crises of Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19, according to a new University of Wollongong report which for the first time has measured the economic contribution at a local government level. The report, commissioned by the South Coast Labour Council, measured the…

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