PSA directs Special Constables to work to rule from 28 October 2019 - Public Service Association

PSA directs Special Constables to work to rule from 28 October 2019

Work to Rule - Oct 2019 (PDF version)

On 24 October 2019, Special Constables walked off the job at all sites to attend stop-work meetings.

The meetings passed the following resolution:

Special Constables put our own safety at risk to protect the people we are charged to protect, but do not enjoy pay and conditions which acknowledge the value of our service.

Special Constables have taken on more training, more duties, more responsibilities and more accountability but are not fairly renumerated for it.

Special Constables risk our lives in the course of our duties but not have the same level of Workers Compensation as Police or other emergency service personnel.

Our employer NSW Police deliberately downgrades the responsibilities, accountabilities, skill level and range of duties in our role to avoid paying a fair and equitable wage.

Our Role Description should recognise our resilience and courage and other capabilities and we should be paid as much as Sheriff’s Officers, who have similar levels of training and responsibilities.

Our Role Description states that a Special Constable only requires the base level of Courage & Resilience. Today we demonstrate the courage and resilience Special Constables have as we stand up demand recognition and fair pay.

This meeting resolves as follows:

That from Monday the 28th of October 2019, in line with our latest role description, Special Constables will implement the following work bans:

Special Constables and Senior Special Constables

  • No wearing of arms and appointments unless they will be accompanied and working under the direct supervision of a Field Supervisor or a Police Officer at all times
  • No overwatch guard duty
  • No external patrols

Field Supervisors

  • No overwatch guard duty
  • No external patrols
  • No CMF
  • Field Supervisors are not to give directions to breach work to rule

PSA endorses work to rule

The PSA directs members to work to rule as resolved in the resolution from Monday 28 October 2019. Members will refuse to undertake duties that would require them to make autonomous, strategic decisions regarding use of lethal force, as they are not within the capabilities of the relevant Role Descriptions.

You are protected when following work to rule.

Members are advised that this action has been approved by the General Secretary of the Public Service Association.

Not a PSA member? Join the PSA today and protect your rights at work!

Make sure your colleagues are protected, too.

Only union members are protected when taking industrial action or following work bans. Speak to your colleagues about joining the union today to make sure they are protected. New members can participate once they have joined online HERE or printed off and returned a membership form available HERE.

The PSA will have no hesitation enforcing your collective rights in the Industrial Relations Commission.

If you are being harassed or pressured for attending these stop work meetings, please immediately contact:

Your PSA industrial staff

Andrew Wright Industrial Officer
0408 400146

Roland Harris Organiser
0438 402503

Your Special Constables Advisory Group delegates:

  • Dannie Abel
  • Tony Saraceno
  • Sheraz Ghalie
  • Vince Carnevale
  • Alex Muirhead

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