In the past few weeks since the previous PSA update available HERE, much of the practice around working from home and related operational changes have been bedded down. Members should be proud of the work they have continued to be able to achieve despite these extraordinary circumstances.
The PSA is pleased to note there appear to be fewer concerns raised by members than in the earlier stages of the pandemic.
However, the PSA continues to be involved in the daily briefings of the broader CSNSW Command Post, as well as having a dedicated fortnightly teleconferences with Assistant Commissioner Sandra Crawford for Community Corrections matters.
Concerns should be raised with local management in the first instance. If unresolved, they can be sent through to the PSA staff below, or your Delegates.
Elections for Community Corrections Delegates
The Community Corrections Departmental Committee (CCDC) is the union’s elected group of delegates, with each delegate representing different groups of membership within Community Corrections. The Committee meets quarterly with PSA industrial staff, and then with Community Corrections management to discuss and progress issues.
The current CCDC Chair, Carmen Wells, has made the decision to stand down from the role. The PSA thanks Carmen for her hard work over more than 15 years on the Committee advocating for members and wishes her all the best for the future.
You can read more from Carmen and the Committee in their ‘State of the Union’ newsletter. The latest newsletter of your delegate committee is available HERE.
The election of this group is now due and the nomination process will be advertised shortly. The PSA strongly encourages members to get involved – this Committee is only as strong as its delegates. It is YOUR opportunity to be part of driving the union issues that matter to you and other members! If you would like more information about the role, please get in touch.
Flex time issues
The PSA continues to receive some localised concerns about arbitrary limits on flex time imposed as part of working from home. This is not supported by the flexible working hours agreement. The PSA has also been advised directly that it is not endorsed by the Community Correction Executive.
If your Manager is restricting access to flex time beyond the parameters of that agreement, please contact the PSA. A previously issued a bulletin on your flex time entitlements is available HERE.
Champions of the State
The ongoing pandemic continues to see unprecedented challenges in Community Corrections. The response from members in continuing to provide such critical services across the state despite these challenges is to be congratulated.
As with members across the PSA’s membership, it is YOUR essential work that keeps NSW running. The PSA is celebrating the fantastic and varied roles of our members through our Champions of the State campaign. You can see more on the PSA’s Facebook Page and we encourage any interested members to get in touch if they would like to become more involved.
Lastly, there has never been a more important time to have the protection of union membership and to stand together with members across the state. If any of your colleagues are not in the union, make sure you talk to them about JOINING THE PSA!
Your PSA industrial staff
Roland Harris Industrial Officer
Leonie Wright Organiser