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Water regulation set adrift as State Government cuts Office of Water jobs

Water regulation set adrift as State Government cuts Office of Water jobs

The NSW Government has announced a ‘change management plan’ that will slash 10% of specialist staff responsible for implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and managing the state’s groundwater resources, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. The NSW Office of Water told staff last week it would cut 50 jobs, while creating a new layer of management that includes three additional Deputy Commissioners. Regional…

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NSW Budget declares open season on NSW jobs, services

NSW Budget declares open season on NSW jobs, services

The NSW Government must come clean on which jobs and services will be cut after today delivering a budget that takes an axe to the public sector, the NSW Public Service Association said today. "Treasurer Mike Baird promised today's budget would deliver smaller government - that's simply code for selling off assets, outsourcing our trusted institutions and cutting jobs and services," said PSA General Secretary…

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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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Government cutbacks apply brakes to vital road safety unit

Government cutbacks apply brakes to vital road safety unit

The NSW Public Service Association warns job cuts and budget reductions at the Centre for Road Safety could compromise more than a decade’s progress on reducing the state’s road toll. There were 376 people killed on NSW roads last year, down from 405 the previous year and 534 about 10 years ago . PSA Assistant Secretary, Steve Turner, says job cuts will jeopardise the ongoing…

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