PSA News – 24 February 2014 - Public Service Association

PSA News – 24 February 2014

Government Sector Employment Act comes into effect today

On Thursday 20 February, the Government published the new Government Sector Employment Regulation and Government Sector Employment Rules.

These come into effect today, Monday, 24 February 2014 along with the Government Sector Employment Act.

The Public Service Commission has advised the PSA that changes arising from the new legislation will be implemented in stages.

Members should contact the PSA if your agency or management try and take this opportunity to implement unreasonable changes.

Email your enquiries to

Further advice about the implementation of the GSE Act will be provided in the coming days.

What you want from your union – Live Chat

The PSA will be conducting a Live Chat on 3 March between 12 and 2pm.

The link to the chat is HERE.

It goes live from 12.00pm on 3 March.

PSA position vacant – Senior Communications Officer (Journalist)

The PSA requires a Senior Communications Officer (journalist) as a member of its Communications team in Sydney.


Position Description

2.5% update

The Government’s request for a stay (or suspension) of Justice Boland’s orders to pay the full 2.5% was granted in the Court of Appeal on 11 February.

The matter now rests on the outcome of the Government’s application for a judicial review of Justice Boland’s decision which will be heard by the Court of Appeal on 14 March 2014.

Your union is not giving up on this.

International Women’s Day Saturday 8 March

International Women’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday 8 March.

Members are invited to join in the march which commences at Sydney Town Hall at 11am.

After the march there will be a talk by Coral Levett.

For further information, please contact the PSA’s Acting Women’s Industrial Officer, Jenny Singleton at .

See you at the march.

Central West Jobs Summit

Local unions and the Central West Union Alliance have organised a Central West Jobs Summit as part of the campaign to secure the area’s future.

This event will bring together local workers, unions, education, research and community organisations, and business representatives, and provide a foundation to campaign for the needs of the region and the workers affected.

Day 1

Tuesday 4 March 2014
Kokoda Room
Orange Ex-Services Club
231-243 Anson Street, Orange

Day 2

Tuesday 11 March 2014
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
105 William Street, Bathurst

Attendance is free but registration essential: register online for the two day summit at:

For more information:

Save our TAFE campaign tour

PSA staff have been undertaking a number of workplace visits and public forums across 18 colleges.

The impact on regional TAFEs of the Smart and Skilled reforms will be significant for both staff and the community.

Raising awareness and obtaining public support in regional centres is part of an ongoing campaign.

The plight of TAFE NSW and the attacks on education is being discussed at the meetings and public forums as are the broader attacks on the NSW public sector such as the NDIS.

The next meeting is:

Tuesday 25 February 2014
Leichhardt Town Hall – public forum (7.00pm)

PSA Member Support Centre 1300 772 679

The PSA’s Member Support Centre (MSC), the union’s call facility, goes live on Monday, 3 March, 2014.

It is your direct line to the PSA if you require advice and support on a work related matter.

The MSC will ensure all phone calls to the PSA are promptly dealt with.

Remember, it goes live on Monday, 3 March, 2014.

For more about the PSA’s restructure click HERE.

HSR training

The PSA is conducting the HSR one day refresher course on 27 February.

This training is only available to those HSRs who have undertaken the 5 day HSR training or the 1 Day HSR bridging course.

The PSA is an accredited HSR training provider and HSRs have the right to access training opportunities.


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If payroll deductions were cut not only would our service to you be reduced but our membership would shrink with a corresponding loss in all important bargaining power.

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Authorised by Anne Gardiner, General Secretary, PSA of NSW, 160 Clarence Street, Sydney

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