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MEDIA RELEASE: Prison officers need frontline workers' compensation - 22 Nov 2020

MEDIA RELEASE: Prison officers need frontline workers' compensation - 22 Nov 2020

Prison officers need frontline workers' compensation Prison officers who suffer life-changing injuries or witness horrific violence at work should have access to the same workers' compensation as other frontline workers, the Public Service Association says. The union is pushing for prison officers and other justice workers in frontline positions to be able to access the same workers' compensation as paramedics, police and firefighters. "Being a…

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Perrottet’s obsession with punishing public sector workers will hurt everyone

Perrottet’s obsession with punishing public sector workers will hurt everyone

The Treasurer’s ideological obsession with punishing public sector workers – even in the midst of a pandemic – is not just unethical, but economically irresponsible, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. While the budget will use record debt to invest in projects and $25 dinner vouchers, NSW public sector workers – who have delivered so much for the state this year – continue…

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Survey finds public sector women want COVID-19 flexibility to stay

Survey finds public sector women want COVID-19 flexibility to stay

Working from home during COVID-19 brought meaningful flexible work to the NSW public sector and allowed women to balance their jobs and lives, according to the Public Service Association’s first ever What Women Want survey.    The union surveyed more than 5000 of its female members during the first-half of 2020. It found despite the public service policy of “if not, why not” towards flexible…

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Enough words, time to hold government accountable for bushfire failures: PSA

Enough words, time to hold government accountable for bushfire failures: PSA

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements makes clear Australians have been let down by political inaction in preparing the country for the realities of a harsher climate. The Public Service Association demands government immediately act to properly resource all bushfire and other emergency response agencies to a mandated, minimum standard. "Today Australians found out that when it comes to accountability for keeping them…

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NSW guaranteed more Black Summers without real investment in fire-skilled workforce

NSW guaranteed more Black Summers without real investment in fire-skilled workforce

The Public Service Association is pleased the NSW government has heard its calls to address the crisis in the state's bushfire fighting agencies, but wants to see longterm, sustainable funding delivered to prepare the state for future Black Summers. Following the union's submission to the NSW's Bushfire Inquiry, the government has committed $192 million over the next five years to invest in new equipment, improved…

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