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Super grab: NSW Govt leads race to the bottom

The NSW Government is putting a further squeeze on public sector employees’ pay by revealing it will make them pay for the Federal Government’s compulsory rise in superannuation out of their own pockets, the Public Service Association said today. Treasurer Mike Baird has confirmed he considers the rise in compulsory superannuation – 0.25% from July as part of a staggered rise from 9 to 12%…

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NSW Govt must reverse 1,000 education job cuts as Gonski funds flow

MEDIA RELEASE    23 April 2013 NSW Govt must reverse 1,000 education job cuts as Gonski funds flow The NSW Government must immediately reverse harsh job cuts in schools and education support as it secures funding under the Gonski National Education Reform Agreement, the Public Service Association said today. “We’re thrilled that NSW schools will receive more funding under the agreement, but we won’t see real…

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Up to $5,000 in back pay in Rural Fire fight

The long awaited major incidents case with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has been finalised with over 140 members so far receiving back pay for incorrect payments since 2006. In 2011, the PSA ran a successful case in the Industrial Magistrates Court following failed discussions and disputation in the Industrial Relations Commission. The Association disputed the interpretation of the Major Incidents clause in the award…

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Professional staff take a stand against uni funding squeeze

The Federal Government’s budget cuts to universities announced over the weekend will hit services to students and exacerbate an epidemic of low morale among university staff, the NSW Community and Public Sector Union said today. “Universities are already engaging in cost-cutting leading to jobs, resources and valuable experience being slashed from departments,” said CPSU Senior Industrial Officer Andrew Holland. “This is often a false economy,…

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Game Council charges expose dangers of hunting in National Parks

A string of charges over alleged illegal hunting activities by members of the NSW Game Council reported today should put a stop to the NSW Government’s plans to introduce hunting in national parks, the Public Service Association said. The allegations show that park rangers’ fears for their safety under the amateur hunting scheme are entirely justified, said PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner. The charges against…

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