PSA News – 15 July 2015 - Public Service Association

PSA News – 15 July 2015

40% pay rise while 2.5% forced on NSW public servants

While PSA members are grudgingly handed a 2.5 percent pay increase, the Baird Government is a little looser with the purse strings when it comes to the senior public service.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mike Baird issued a “Premier’s direction” to the Statutory and Other Offices Remuneration Tribunal to award a reported increase of almost 40 percent for the new head of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and 24 percent extra for the new Secretary of the Treasury.

The Government’s argument that offering a low salary might not attract the best candidates is exactly what the PSA has been saying since the 2.5 percent wage policy was introduced.

“Clearly however, the Government feels it is more important to pay management whatever is necessary in order to get the best candidates while restricting by law the salary increases of those who actually deliver services to millions of NSW residents each day,’ said Acting Public Service Association General Secretary, Steve Turner.

Read the PSA’s media release response HERE

Lend your voice to the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into TAFE

The PSA wants the voices of members heard at the upcoming Parliamentary Inquiry into Vocational Education and Training in NSW.

Members are encouraged to contribute to the PSA’s submission HERE

Written submissions

The PSA also encourages members, their friends and family to make their own submissions to the Inquiry.

While all submissions are subject to Parliamentary Privilege, which protects against civil or criminal liability for statements made, submissions can be made anonymously.

Details of how you can make your own submission to the Inquiry can be found HERE

Submissions close on Friday, 14 August 2015.

Submissions should address the terms of reference (pdf), but the Committee is especially interested in hearing your personal experiences of TAFE and vocational training.

Tell the Inquiry about your positive experience of TAFE or perhaps a negative experience with a private provider.

Public hearings

As well as written submissions, the Parliamentary Committee will also be holding public hearings in Sydney and some regional locations.

The PSA will be pushing for the committee to hold hearings across as many locations as possible, especially in rural and regional NSW.

You can assist in getting your voice heard by also making this request as part of your written submission.

Information on workers comp

The Injured Workers Support Network is holding a forum on workers compensation on 23 July between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at the Churches of Christ Hall, 31 MacMahon Street, Hurstville.

More information is available HERE

Be careful what you sign up for…

PSA members should keep in mind: your union can only guarantee confidentiality of your personal information for its own surveys or petitions.

The PSA has no control over information provided as part of surveys and petitions organised by other bodies such as Unions NSW and the ACTU.

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