Over the past two years, the PSA has been working with your elected delegates and talking to School Administrative Officer (SAO) Science members about their experiences working in Department of Education school labs every day.
We have heard from members right across NSW about the impacts of a range of issues, including under-resourcing, lack of training, Work Health and Safety and excessive workloads.
Yet many members are not adequately supported and spend hours of their own time working without pay, or are not backfilled when they are not at school.
The PSA has been negotiating with the Department of Education to fix these problems. While we have been able to get some significant improvements in some areas, including an update of the Chemical Safety in Schools resource and additional training, we want to do a lot more.
First, we must properly demonstrate how widespread the issues you are facing are. To do that we need to hear from the people who experience the issues; you.
Tell us what you think
The PSA will be working to raise the profile of what you do and how important you are to school communities right across NSW.
If you can spare just six minutes of your time to fill in our simple survey, we can continue to fight for the things we know members care about, such as WHS and quality training for SAOs working in Science.
This survey is confidential and no individual respondent will be identified. We will be using the outcomes of the survey to help us to lobby for better support for you.
Forward this bulletin on to your colleagues!
The PSA is hoping to reach as many SAOs working in Science as possible.
Forward this bulletin on to your colleagues to ensure we canvass as widely as possible and to give them the opportunity to join with us to advance the workplace conditions of SAO Science as PSA members.