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Workers Comp to be slashed

Workers Comp to be slashed

The O’Farrell Government has signalled their intention to slash workers compensation in NSW. Apparently cutting public sector wages and conditions just isn’t going to be enough to fund a new rail link. The main announcement was a softening up exercise, typically made in the Daily Telegraph complete with shock and awe statistics. The main announcement was a softening up exercise, typically made in the Daily…

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Don’t take the low road Barry – no railroading of public services

Don’t take the low road Barry – no railroading of public services

On the surface, the O’Farrell Government’s attacks on the public sector might appear to be an endless series of random moves driven by political ideology.

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Public Works to pick up after St Hilliers collapse

Public Works to pick up after St Hilliers collapse

The decision by the NSW Government to call in Public Works to save regional housing projects put at risk by the collapse of St Hilliers Construction will help save jobs in several regional centres, including Orange and Newcastle, the Public Service Association today. The PSA welcomes the NSW Government’s decision yesterday to award public housing construction contracts to Public Works after St Hilliers went into…

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Insecure work: the corrosive effect of long-term casualisation

Insecure work: the corrosive effect of long-term casualisation

The PSA/CPSU takes a serious view of insecure work and its negative impact on the lives of workers. In higher education we have fought hard for many years to embed strong provisions in our agreements to allow casuals and fixed term employees to convert to continuing employment. However, even with the best clauses in awards or agreements if an employer lacks the good will to…

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State govt one step closer to Grafton jail closure

State govt one step closer to Grafton jail closure

The PSA has condemned a State government decision to slash up to 92 jobs from Grafton Correctional Facility, more than 80% of its current workforce. PSA Assistant Secretary Shane O’Brien says the severe job cuts are clear evidence of the Liberal Coalition government’s agenda to close Grafton jail. “The Grafton Correctional Facility staff are among the first casualties of Premier O’Farrell’s 10,000 public sector job…

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