PSA News – 12 September 2014 - Public Service Association

PSA News – 12 September 2014

Union disgusted at decreased worker protections after shooting

PSA media release

The PSA is appalled that in the wake of the shooting death of compliance officer Glen Turner, a bill has been proposed that will reduce penalties for obstructing the work of public servants.

The Shooters and Fishers Party’s Native Vegetation Amendment Bill 2014 proposes a reduction in penalties for “obstructing an authorised officer in the exercise of the officer’s investigative functions”, a move that would put environmental compliance officers in even greater danger.

Read more HERE

Unions NSW combined delegates & activists meeting

On Wednesday 17 September Unions NSW are holding a combined delegates & activists meeting between 12:30pm and 1.30pm at the Sydney Masonic Centre.

For further information click HERE

Outstanding PSA fees amnesty for those who rejoin the PSA

The PSA has decided to hold a fees amnesty for former PSA members.

We would rather have these members back than insist that outstanding fees be paid before ex-members can rejoin.

Conditions apply:

  1. You need to have been resigned off the membership system.

It is not intended for current members who have fallen behind in fees prior to the commencement of the amnesty on 7 August 2014.

  1. You will not be retrospectively covered during the period you did not pay fees.

Often members, through no fault of their own, let their membership lapse when they move from department to department or in and out of the service.

We understand this.

If you know former members who may be reluctant to rejoin the PSA due to owing back fees, please pass on the news of the fees amnesty.

The amnesty ends at 5pm Friday 26 September 2014.

New and resigned members can join online HERE

Or download a hard copy HERE

For further information: call 1300 772 679 or email .

Petition count against ADHC privatisation over 11,000

Keep them coming.

Download and print a copy of the Disability and Home Care Petition HERE

Fight to catch illegal fishing – The Sunday Telegraph

The great work of our members in NSW Fisheries has been highlighted in the Sunday Telegraph.

You can read the story HERE

Membership Service Centre – change of hours

The PSA’s Member Support Centre (1300 772 679) has changed its hours of operation.

The MSC will now be open between the following hours:

Monday 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 9am to 4pm
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm

March on Abbott’s office – Saturday 20 September

Bust the budget and save Medicare.

For more information click HERE.

Bullying survey

A researcher at Charles Sturt University is conducting a study into workplace bullying and harassment including employee behaviour and perceptions of support provided by organisations.

Click HERE to participate in the survey.

The survey closes on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The survey is anonymous and does not request any identifying information.

Member Benefits

Our valued member benefits support program.

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As a union member, you are part of Australia’s biggest social movement. Your union’s strength lies in its size; the more voices we have, the greater our power to bargain for better pay, conditions and benefits. Join your union today.

  • Collective strength; being a union member gives you a stronger voice when dealing with your employer
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  • Journey insurance; get protection to and from work
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