Vaccination Changes in Schools: PSA Forces Department of Education to Extend Consultation Period - Public Service Association

Vaccination Changes in Schools: PSA Forces Department of Education to Extend Consultation Period

On Friday 24 June 2022 the Department of Education announced that they were proposing to remove the need to be vaccinated for various groups working in schools.

This announcement was made on the same day that the proposal was sent to the union and without having met with PSA Industrial Staff.

It seemed to PSA delegates and staff that this announcement presented the proposal as a decided outcome, and the consultation referenced in the communication would be about how the department would implement their decision.

This is totally unacceptable to the PSA, our delegates and the many thousands of members working in schools across NSW.

PSA Writes to Department – Announcement Before Genuine Consultation

Following the announcement, the PSA, in consultation with your delegates, wrote to senior Department representatives to raise our serious concerns with what they had put to staff and to push for an extension of the consultation period.

There was no consultation prior to the announcement to staff on the proposal, how it will be implemented, what additional support will be made available, or information on how the department plans to protect immunocompromised staff.

Extension of Consultation Period – PSA Win

Your union has today been provided with formal correspondence that confirms that the consultation period will be extended for one week to allow in depth and genuine consultation to occur. This is a win for members, especially with the vacation period starting from Monday 4 July.

Members can be reassured that the extension of the consultation period allows the PSA to engage properly with consultation processes and ensure, as your representatives, that the safety of staff is protected, and your views are properly considered with a genuine ability to influence the final outcome.

Your feedback needed – contact the PSA today

The PSA relies on the feedback of its members to inform our position.

If you have feedback or concerns about the proposed changes, please email with Vaccination Change Feedback in the subject line.

Do you know someone who still needs to join the PSA?  

You can support the work of the PSA and delegates to get better outcomes for everyone just by asking your colleagues to JOIN the PSA.

Forward this email to them so they can be part of a growing union that protects its members and wins.

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