PSA News - 9 May 2014 - Public Service Association

PSA News – 9 May 2014

People Matter Survey

Members would have recently received an email in relation to the second “People Matter” survey.

The PSA strongly encourages members to participate as it provides a rare opportunity for the voices of public sector workers to be heard.

The last “People Matter” survey provided the first hard evidence of the extent of bullying in the public sector, an issue the PSA has been working for many years to highlight.

As a result, this issue has been receiving significant attention from both the Public Service Commission and agency heads.

The PSA encourages members to give their full support to the survey process and complete it as soon as possible.

Workers comp cuts – how have they impacted on you?

For almost two years, unions have been pressuring the NSW Government to reverse the savage cuts that were made to workers compensation in 2012.

You can maintain the rage by telling the Government exactly how these attacks are impacting on you by completing the Unions NSW survey HERE.

The results of the survey will be presented to the Government and Opposition.

Even if you have completed one of these surveys in the past, Unions NSW needs to hear from you again with your latest experiences.

For more information about the workers compensation changes please go to

Public or private: where’s the debate?

On 14 April, the PSA launched a statewide advertising campaign to ask the community “which direction are we headed?” when it comes to the provision of public services in NSW.

The television advertisement, which is also being screened in cinemas across the state, was creatively driven by respected author and novelist, Jane Caro.

Jane, along with PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner, spoke at the launch at PSA House in Sydney about what is at stake for the people of NSW.

Click HERE to read Anne Gardiner’s address given at the launch which highlights some of the issues around privatising public services and the failed British model for privatisation, called “Big Society”.

Further reading

  • Contracting out public services to the private sector – House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (click here).
  • Big Society and Australia – Centre for Policy Development (click here).

Click HERE to view the PSA ad and show your support for public services.

Click HERE (our Facebook page) to see the ad and the poster. Please share them with your friends.

Science and Technical Working Group EOI closes Friday 16 May

As advised in the current edition of Red Tape, members working in a scientific role are encouraged to express an interest in being part of a working party to establish a Science and Technical Vocational Advisory Group.

It is anticipated that the Advisory Group will represent the interests of PSA members working in scientific and technical areas.

To be part of the working party you must be working in the positions above.

The first meeting of the working party will be in late May 2014 in Sydney.

Interested and want to find out more?

Email Marg Fullick at

Do it for Ben – find him a home & stop the disability services sell off

Ben is 21 and was born with an intellectual disability.

Two years ago, his condition took a turn for the worse after an adverse reaction to medication.

His parents realised that they were unable to provide their son with the care he needed.

Click HERE to help to find Ben a home and join the fight to stop a vital Government service being abandoned.

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