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Lismore caseworkers walk out over understaffing

Lismore caseworkers walk out over understaffing

Community services staff at Lismore have refused to meet Minister for Community Services Pru Goward today, walking off the job in protest at understaffing and a lack of resources, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. Assistant Secretary Steve Turner said Lismore staff could not in good faith accept a visit from Minister Goward while she allowed staff shortages and ongoing job cuts to…

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O’Farrell Government attacks conditions of up to 100,000 public sector workers

O’Farrell Government attacks conditions of up to 100,000 public sector workers

The NSW Public Service Association has condemned the NSW Government’s Industrial Commission application to slash the job security, conditions and benefits of up to 100,000 public sector workers in NSW. The Government has proposed radical cuts to conditions, including: Cutting leave loading; Cutting penalty payments for shift workers; Cutting allowances for living in remote areas; Winding back carers’ leave; and Tightening rules around parental leave…

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More than 1200 regional public sector jobs go up in smoke

More than 1200 regional public sector jobs go up in smoke

Media reports today of the loss of up to 120 Rural Fire Service jobs pushes the toll of public sector job losses in regional NSW to more than 1200 staff, according to the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA). Regional towns and communities that depend on public sector employment will be hit by a devastating loss of frontline services, economic damage and social fragmentation. PSA…

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Western Sydney community services staff walk out in protest at lack of staff, resources

Western Sydney community services staff walk out in protest at lack of staff, resources

Community services child protection workers in St Marys and Penrith have stopped work for an hour this afternoon over concerns about the impact of inadequate staffing, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. Today’s action follows the walk off of Wollongong workers last week after a recent tragedy involving a child known to Community Services highlighted the severe risks of having inadequate staff numbers…

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Prison officers reject needle exchange program for NSW jails

Prison officers reject needle exchange program for NSW jails

The Public Service Association of NSW, which represents prison officers, urges the State Government to rule out following the ACT trial and implementing a needle exchange program in jails across the state. While the PSA recognises the serious health issue with blood borne disease transmission, a prisoner needle exchange program would pose an increased health and safety risk for prison officers. Senior Industrial Officer Stewart…

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