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Arts, cultural job cuts on the horizon to net million-dollar savings - SMH 4 Feb 2021

Arts, cultural job cuts on the horizon to net million-dollar savings - SMH 4 Feb 2021

Dozens of jobs are set to be lost among agencies supporting arts, heritage, Indigenous communities, and some of the state’s biggest cultural projects as the NSW Premier’s department searches for multi-million dollar savings. Tim Reardon, head of the state’s public service, is seeking voluntary redundancies across the Department of Premier and Cabinet as part of post-budget “necessary efficiency savings”. The redundancy drive has prompted the…

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Judge overturns pay cut for disability workers after group homes privatised - 2 Feb 2021

Judge overturns pay cut for disability workers after group homes privatised - 2 Feb 2021

A Federal Court judge has reversed $20,000-a-year pay cuts imposed on the managers of group homes for people with severe disabilities by not-for-profit group Northcott. The case has implications for the wages of more than 10,000 workers who look after Australians with high care needs but also the financial sustainability of the organisations that run the group homes after the NSW government privatised about 800…

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Juvie inmate’s ‘absolutely horrendous’ move that forced 15 officers off duty - 2GB 20/11/2020

Juvie inmate’s ‘absolutely horrendous’ move that forced 15 officers off duty - 2GB 20/11/2020

Unions have welcomed proposed laws that would compel those who spit on frontline workers to undergo disease testing. In the jail system, police officers have been exposed to bodily fluids 448 times in three years, with 135 incidents in 2020 alone. Public Service Association General Secretary Stewart Little told Ray Hadley the laws, which have passed the NSW lower house and will now move to…

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NSW eyes testing for attackers of [Prison Officers] - 19/11/2020

NSW eyes testing for attackers of [Prison Officers] - 19/11/2020

Anyone who attacks a police officer or other frontline worker will be subject to mandatory disease testing under laws passed in the NSW lower house. Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said the mandatory testing scheme would help provide some peace of mind and lessen anxiety for affected workers. A person subject to a Mandatory Testing Order will be required to provide a blood…

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