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                                                                   From the General Secretary Stewart Little
                                                                                                                                              LEND A HAND: VOLUNTEERS ELIGIBLE FOR LEAVE
                            ON THE FRONT
                                                                                        The PSA, in conjunction with other unions,
                                                                                      has successfully pushed the Government to
                                                                                      compulsorily test offenders who assault workers                                                                                            VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS

                            LINE FOR YOU                                              such as Corrections Officers, Paramedics or
                                                                                      Police Officers in the line of duty. This reduces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COVERED BY THE AWARD

                                                                                      the mental anguish suffered by staff who are then                                                                                          • Bushwalkers’ Federation
                                                       ith bushfire season in full    subjected to a series of tests for communicable                                                                                            • Cave Rescue Association
                                                       swing, our members in          diseases. To read more on this campaign and its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • N SW Volunteer Fire Brigade
                                                       areas such as National         result, go to page 17.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • P ublic Service Support Group
                                                       Parks, Forestry, the State       And the threat of privatisation and staff cuts is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • R ural Fire Service
                                                       Emergency Service, Fire        never far away. We saw, in recent months, prisons all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • S tate Emergency Service
                                                       and Rescue and the Rural       over NSW shut their doors, with yet another private
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • V olunteer Coastal Patrol
                                                       Fire Service will be           facility due to open in 2020. No-one should profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • V olunteer Rescue Association
                            stretched as blazes break out throughout NSW.             from crime; particularly when privately run prisons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of NSW (or affiliated groups)
                               This issue of Red Tape takes us behind the scenes      mean fewer Officers, on lower pay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 •W  ireless Institute Civil
                            with members on the front line, looking after the           Also in blue uniforms, our members employed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Emergency Network
                            public, often at risk to their own personal safety.       as Special Constables were forced to walk off the
                                                                                      job in October to highlight the low amount they

                               I am proud to say this impressive line-up of
                            workers is backed up by PSA/CPSU NSW members              are paid to protect sites such as Government
                            from other workplaces who regularly donate their          House, the Cabinet offices, Parliament House and                                  embers volunteering time to assist the
                            time to fight blazes in rural areas. If you are in this   Police Headquarters. As we saw in 2015, these are                                 community don’t have to eat into their
                            category, see the page opposite to find out how           targets for terrorists, yet our members are paid a                                recreational leave if they are helping out
                            volunteering affects your leave balance.                  base salary of $54,600 a year for a position that                                 during work hours.
                               While we admire the hard work of our members           could put them in the line of fire.                                                 Section of the Crown
                            fighting bushfires, we can’t help but feel angry            There is still so much more to be done to                                       Employees Award states members of
                            at the government betrayal that has seen fire-            improve conditions for all members working                                        certain organisations “may be granted
 WE GIVE PARTICULAR         prevention jobs cut and a continual refusal to deal       for a better NSW. Their workers’ compensation           special leave of up to 5 days in any period of 12 months
 THANKS IN THIS ISSUE       with a climate crisis drying out our land.                protection was stripped back in 2011 and we are         for the purpose of assisting as volunteers in one of these
                               This issue introduces a regular section on those       lobbying hard to ensure they are offered the same       organisations”. See the box for a list of the organisations
 TO THOSE WHO RISK          members working to mediate the effects of climate         coverage as people employed in the Police, Fire         covered by the Act.
 INJURY OR WORSE ON         change. First up, we look at the work CPSU NSW            and Ambulance sectors.                                    Section of the Act deals with declared emergencies,
                            members do at WaterNSW during the drought.                  All our members fill vital roles in our state.        stating “if a situation arises requiring a major operational
 THE FRONT LINE                Away from the fires, our members in Corrections        However, we give particular thanks in this issue to     response, or an emergency is declared under Section 44 of the
                            face challenges at work many of us could not              those who risk injury or worse in their everyday        Rural Fires Act 1997, under other relevant legislation or by the
                            imagine. Prisons can be violent places, with              duties. They deserve so much more from the              Premier, employees who volunteer to assist are granted special
                            Officers regularly assaulted at work.                     government that employs them.                           leave with no upper limit”.
                                                                                                                                                Leave applications must be “accompanied by a statement from
                                                                                                           Your union has had a great         the local or Divisional Controller, the Fire Controller, Deputy
                                                                                                           year, more than doubling our       Fire Controller or NSW Police Force certifying the times of
                                                                                                           expected growth in members.        attendance. The leave application should indicate the period and
                                                                                                           I’d like to take this chance       area of attendance together with the name of the organisation to
                                                                                                           to say thank you to all our        which the volunteer member belongs.”
                                                                                                           delegates and members and            There are also provisions for rest after an emergency or rescue.
                                                                                                           the staff supporting them.           If the State Emergency Services Commissioner or his or her               |   |
                                                                                                              The PSA/CPSU NSW                delegate decides a volunteer employee must attend a course of          |             |
                                                                                                           wishes you all a happy             training or lectures, the act stipulates “the agency head should
                                                                                                           Christmas and prosperous           make every effort to release the employee from duty”.
                                                                                                           New Year. And for all                Any absence from work while training or attending a lecture
                                                                                                           those working through the          “is regarded as being on duty”. A certificate of attendance is
                                                                                                           holidays, including many           not necessary.
                                                                                                           of our emergency services            For example, members undertaking courses approved by
                                                                                                           employees, I’d like to say         the Rural Fire Service can be granted special leave for up to
                                                                                                           thank you.                         10 working days a year.

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                                                          From the President                  Kylie McKelvie

                                                   The RFS is coming into what is             under-resourced in relation to incident
                                                becoming a fire season that will be spoken    management function at the expense of
                                                about for many years – well, until the        higher profile fire events. This places the

THE BUSH                                        next one comes along. It is currently in
                                                the midst of negotiating a new Award
                                                                                              people of NSW at serious risk in relation
                                                                                              to these and future bush fire events

                                                and the Executive has announced a             unless the management of the NSW
                                                significant restructure to its functions of   RFS and the State Government are held
                                                the RFS. A number of new positions have       accountable.

FLAMES                                          been promised, but in the lead up to this        During the level of current bushfire
                                                fire season a large number of front-line      events the small numbers of permanent
                                                positions in District and Zone Teams have     staff in each Fire Control Centre see
                                                been left vacant.                             workloads explode. The NSW RFS
The fires that engulfed much of                    This has led to a large number of          management team is falling short on
regional NSW typify Macquarie                   Incident Management positions now             delivery of bush fire management to the

                                                continually left unfilled. Night shifts in    community by allowing this situation to
Street’s neglect.                               many of the current bushfire emergency        continue without remedy.
                  s jobs are cut in the bush,   areas are down to as little as one RFS           We are now seeing the impacts of
                  the state is catching fire.   member and a security guard across            these issues play out with difficulty in
                  The PSA represents a          multiple locations. The less high-profile     filling key IMT roles, particularly with
                  number of emergency-          areas for major fires are left dangerously    experienced personnel.

                                                                                                                                             BUTSON SAYS GOODBYE
                  service workers from
                  clusters across the state,
                  including the NSW
Rural Fire Service (RFS).
   The RFS is the primary bushfire
response agency in state, supported by                                                                                                      The PSA has lost a combative                  privatise,” she said. “At the time I was      was there she had a big win on behalf of
other organisations such as the National                                                                                                                                                  responsible for the Department of             members.
Parks and Wildlife Service, Forestry
                                                                                                                                            fighter due to the retirement of              Administrative Services, which was              “One win sticks out and that was the
Corp, the State Emergency Service and                                                                                                       Senior Industrial Officer Kerrie              renamed the Commercial Services Group.        wonderful win for casual Visitor Service
Fire and Rescue. PSA members in the                                                                                                         Butson, who has been a tireless               These areas were ripe for privatisation:      Staff employed at the Powerhouse
RFS are actively involved in delivering                                                                                                                                                   the Government Cleaner, the Government        Museum who since 2014 had been
planning and operations expertise to
                                                                                                                                            worker on behalf of members since             Stores, the Government Printing Office,       underpaid,” she said. “The outcome was
                                                                                                                                            Bob Hawke occupied The Lodge.

all of the current Incident Management                                                                                                                                                    the Government Uniform Factory and            that all staff who had been employed
Teams (IMTs) across the state. Members                                                                                                                                                                                                  in this classification who were paid
                                                                                                                                                    I started work at the PSA in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        incorrectly were back paid for the whole
                                                                                                                                                    1986,” Ms Butson said. “I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the amount they were owed. This
                                                                                                                                                    seconded to the PSA to set up            “KERRIE’S EXPERIENCE,                      amounted to over $1.5 million.”
                                                                                                                                                    workplace groups for our                 KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL                          Ms Butson said she will miss “the
   PSA MEMBERS AND THE                                                                                                                              members employed as non-
                                                                                                                                                                                             AS WELL AS HER RAZOR-                      members, the delegates, the work: it is
                                                                                                                                                    teaching staff in schools.
   COMMUNITY ARE AT A                                                                                                                         “I had worked at Canley Vale                   SHARP WIT, WILL BE                         amazing. And the challenge of the role
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and of course my colleagues”.
   HIGHER LEVEL OF RISK                                                                                                                     High School for 10 years prior to my             GREATLY MISSED”                              General Secretary Stewart Little praised
                                                                                                                                            secondment to the PSA. I had always been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Butto’, saying her skills will be missed at
                                                                                                                                            a member but became very active when the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PSA House.
                                                                                                                                            campaign for Ancillary Staff commenced.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “She has been a great advocate
                                                                                                                                            We were all temporary staff and we were
provide air and ground operations                                                                                                                                                         the Government Motor Garage, Technical        for her members and never took a
                                                                                                                                            technically stood down at the end of each
support, major logistics movements of                                                                                                                                                     Services Group. All of these areas were       backward step.”
                                                                                                                                            term. This of course was a long, fought-out
resources and people inter and intra state,                                                                                                                                               either privatised or were radically reduced     “Kerrie’s experience, knowledge
                                                                                                                                            campaign that was won by the PSA.”
plus internationally. They make bushfire                                                                                                                                                  in size over a period of four years.”         and skill as well as her razor-sharp
                                                                                                                                              Ms Butson has seen governments
impact assessments with assistance in                                                                                                                                                        Most recently, Ms Butson has been          wit, will be greatly missed not only
                                                                                                                                            change at Macquarie Street and
bushfire recovery along with the Office of                                                                                                                                                representing members in areas such as         among her colleagues, but among the
                                                                                                                                            witnessed the effects the Liberal/
Emergency Management. These functions                                                                                                                                                     Ultimo’s Powerhouse Museum, which             members she helped throughout her
                                                                                                                                            National privatisation agenda has had
occur across approximately 95 per cent of                                                                                                                                                 is set to be uprooted to a flood plain        career,” said Industrial Manager
                                                                                                                                            on workers.
NSW, outside major residential areas and                                                                                                                                                  in Parramatta to make way for what is         Nathan Bradshaw, who was in her team
                                                                                                                                              “The election of the Greiner
larger towns.                                                                                                                                                                             likely to be yet another block of flats. It   in recent months.
                                                                                                                                            Government gave the green light to

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                                                      From the Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright

                                                                                                                                                                              in good
                                                significantly hampered its capacity to
                                                respond. Similarly, this month we saw
                                                the impact devastating cuts made by                  IN THE 2017-18 BUDGET,
WITH GOOD                                       the Berejiklian Government in 2018
                                                have had on our national parks, where                THE GOVERNMENT
                                                                                                     SLASHED $121 MILLION
                                                many of the current fires enveloping our
                                                state originated. In the 2017-18 budget,
                                                                                                     FROM THE NPWS BUDGET

                                                the Government slashed $121 million

                                                from the NPWS budget, resulting in
                   wo weekends ago, children    more than 700 jobs being axed or
                   of a friend of mine held a   restructured, Fire Management Officers

                   cake stall to raise funds    across the State being reduced from 38              Another side effect of allowing vital
                   for the Rural Fire Service   to 10, and a net loss of approximately            public services like the RFS to become
                   (RFS) in the midst of the    100 Rangers. Then, at the peak of the             increasingly reliant on donations and
                   ongoing bushfire crisis.     fires, Nationals Leader John Barilaro, in         goodwill rather than core funding is the
                   They raised $130 in a few    what must rank as one of the most ill-            artificial hierarchy of worthy causes.
hours in what was a community-minded            timed and tasteless displays of memory            Well may people donate to the RFS but
and generous gesture.                           loss in modern politics, had the sheer            what about less-marketable services
   Then last week Russell Crowe                 audacity to blame the same service his            such as child protection, or public
auctioned a cap on social media for the         government crippled for inaction.                 housing, or even corrections? Who

RFS, promising to double the donation              The disgrace of the Government’s               wants to shake a tin for a new gaol?
it raised, with it ultimately selling           neglect of our various firefighting agencies      We see this already in why children’s
to one of the Atlassian founders for            is compounded by their frivolous and              hospitals successfully fundraise more
$100,000.                                       seemingly unsupervised spending in                than regular public hospitals do, or that
   Such fundraising efforts, big and small,     other areas. While many Departments               some cancer research is more popular
are undoubtedly appreciated by those on         and agencies that employ our members              than others.
the front line, but they left me wondering      have been smashed with budget cuts that             Our public services, especially those
why are they necessary at all.                  impact on service delivery, there seems to        emergency services whose purpose is
   The NSW RFS has a history dating             be limitless funds to splash on stadium           the protection of life and property must
back to 1900 and does undertake some            upgrades no-one needs or asked for, bungled       be fully publicly funded, not subsidised
fundraising and sponsorship activities          infrastructure projects like the light rail and   by private donations. I’d hold a cake
at a local level. It relies heavily on the      the relocation of museums that only benefit       sale to support any political party that
labour of volunteers, but this should           property developers and not constituents.         recognises this.
not mean it or any other emergency
service should be treated like a
charitable cause. It almost demeans                                                                                                           Should you have to choose between doing good in the world and doing well
the important work they do.                                                                                                                   financially? We don’t think so.
   The Berejiklian Government has
had months, if not years, of warnings
about worsening bushfire conditions                                                                                                           At First State Super, we do both every day. We generate jobs while generating
on account of the drought and climate                                                                                                         returns. We invest in infrastructure that build our members’ balances.
change leading to increased fuel loads.
Yet instead of providing justifiable                                                                                                          We invest in a better future for Australia and our members at the same time.
additional funding and resourcing in                                                                                                          And we’ve achieved top ten performance* last year and received an industry
preparation for the fire season, as any
                                                                                                                                              award for our integrity.
responsible government would have done,
the Berejiklian Government has done
nothing at best and subjected the agency                                                                                                      Perhaps the real question is, what does your super fund?
to its efficiency dividend at worst. The
PSA/CPSU NSW is aware that this has led
to a restructure of its professional ranks
during the year with the loss of significant
                                                                                                                                              An industry fund for all
corporate knowledge and a crippling
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DSA staff                                  In communication to the

score a win
                                        members, CPSU NSW Industrial
                                        Officer Graydon Welsh stated, “I
                                        can confirm that the CPSU NSW
                                                                                                                                                              POWERHOUSE MOVE FIVE YEARS ON
in Orange                               has not, and would not, agree to
                                        having staff resign in order to
                                                                                                                                                              This edition of Red Tape marks                                     Mr Bradshaw added not a single new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              job had been created in Parramatta.
The CPSU NSW has helped                 maintain employment. We                                                                                               five years since the Government                                    “Why not keep the current Powerhouse
secure permanent positions              advocate for people to have                                                                                           announced its plans to move                                     in Ultimo and build a new museum at
                                        secure, valued, safe and stable                                                                                                                                                       Parramatta?” he said.
for casual staff on copied                                                                                                                                    the Powerhouse Museum from
state awards at an Orange               employment.                                                                                                                                                                              The impending closure of the
group home run by Disability               “We do not agree with staff                                                                                        its current inner city location in                              Powerhouse comes at a time when the
Services Australia (DSA).               having to resign and reapply for jobs                                                                                 Ultimo to a flood-prone site in                                 Australian Museum, across town, closes

                                        just to gain permanency. We are                                                                                       Parramatta.                                                     its doors for a 12-month-long renovation.
        staff member alerted the
                                        currently advocating for staff across                                                                                                                                                    “Sydney is desperate for world
        CPSU NSW to DSA’s refusal                                                                                                                             “Five years on and not a sod has been
                                        the disability sector to have their                                                                                                                                                   city status, then neglects its cultural
        to offer permanent work
to transferred staff. In its letter
                                        conditions of employment secured.”        DRAWN-OUT RETREAT FROM                                                      turned,” said PSA Industrial Manager
                                                                                                                                                              Nathan Bradshaw. “The move is already
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              institutions,” said Mr Bradshaw.
                                           DSA complied with the CPSU                                                                                                                                                            PSA Industrial Officer Kerrie Butson
to staff, DSA actually blamed
the union for its refusal, claiming
                                        NSW’s correspondence and the              DISABILITY SERVICES NEARING END                                             one year behind schedule and, despite
                                                                                                                                                              the Government’s supposed tightening of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              said after a five-year process, the museum
                                        affected staff will be offered            The drawn-out closure of the last         The Community Justice and                                                                         is finally starting to catalogue its
it was a union stipulation that                                                                                                                               purse strings, more than $30 million has
                                        permanent positions on the                government-run residences for          Integrated Service Programs in                                                                       collection in readiness for the move.
transferred casual staff not be                                                                                                                               been splurged in consultancy fees.”
                                        Community Living Award.                   disability services is near            Parramatta are also affected
given permanent positions.
                                           The CPSU NSW saw an                    completion.                            (see page 15).
   The CPSU NSW Industrial Team
                                        overnight flood of membership                Residents at Stockton,                 “PSA members are not being
went into action, letting staff and
                                        applications. The site went from          Kanangra, Tomaree and                  redeployed,” said Industrial
management at DSA know that
                                        having a single member to 100 per         Casuarina Grove residences in          Officer Greg Shaw. “However,
casual staff were not only
                                        cent coverage.                            the Hunter are being moved             the PSA has arranged a $2500
encouraged to be given permanent
                                           “This proves that members should       to smaller group homes, with           retraining package for members
positions but also that they needed
                                        contact their union when something        the process finalised by               and more than 100 staff have
to continue to be employed under
                                        goes wrong,” said Mr Welsh.               December 2019.                         applied for the grant.”
the Community Living Award.

See you in                                 CPSU NSW members at HVDS
                                        and MNCDS are disability staff who
                                                                                means of consultation with the
                                                                                CPSU NSW prior to each of the
                                                                                                                         their day-to-day work and yet HVDS
                                                                                                                         and MNCDS have refused multiple                   A comprehensive personal loan that offers
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                                                                                                                         requests by the union to try to
                                                                                                                         resolve this dispute,” said CPSU                   you flexibility to make extra repayments
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The CPSU NSW will prosecute
                                        encountered numerous problems           orders for a timetable requiring the        “When HVDS and MNCDS
Hunter Valley Disability
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     in the Federal Circuit Court       to scrap public disability services,    filed complex legal documents            Judge was for the parties to
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LS &

                                                                                          Overwhelming                                                                                                                                       Safety on
                                                                                          majority vote                                                                                                                                      centre stage
                                                                                          to accept three-                                                                                                                                   for science
                                                                                          year DoE Flex                                                                                                                                      staff
                                                                                          Agreement                                                                                                                                          The new School
                                                                                          Ninety-three per cent of                                                                                                                           Administrative
                                                                                          members in the Department                                                                                                                          Officers’(SAOs’)
                                                                                          of Education voted to accept                                                                                                                       Science Vocational
                                                                                          a new Flexible Working Hours                                                                                                                       Advisory Group is
                                                                                          Agreement.                                                                                                                                         ensuring Workplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Health and Safety
                                                                                          Members in the Department of                                                                                                                       remains a key issue for
                                                                                          Education have said yes: giving a tick
                                                                                          of approval to the agreement, which                                                                                                                members.
                                                                                          was reached after the two parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Work Health and Safety
                                                                                          negotiated terms.
Pay Equity cash hits school accounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (WHS) is an extremely
                                                                                            Under the proposed agreement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             important topic for SAOs
                                                                                          Training Advisors’ and Training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             working in science,” said
                                                                                          Coordinators’ bandwidth would be from
The PSA’s mighty win in the                   union can do and was the result of                                                                                                                                                             PSA Industrial Manager Kris
                                                                                          6.00am to 8.00pm, with a maximum
                                              many hours of hard work by members,                                                                                                                                                            Cruden. “It is paramount that
Industrial Relations Commission               delegates and the PSA,” said PSA
                                                                                          of 45 hours’ work in a week. Existing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             members are protected while
                                                                                          conditions such as a 12-week settlement
(IRC) on behalf of staff in                   Industrial Manager Kris Cruden. “If we
                                                                                          period and a carryover of a maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at work, this is one of the key
Schools is now a reality, with                have achieved this, imagine what else we                                                                                                                                                       parts of the PSA’s Worth 100%
                                                                                          of 42 hours’ credit have been preserved.
                                              can do if all SAS Staff are on board.”                                                                                                                                                         campaign. One of the areas
the extra money, and back pay,                  Ms Cruden encouraged all members to                                                                                                                                                          delegates have identified as
in members’ bank accounts.                    urge colleagues not in the union to join.
                                                                                                                                     GROUNDS FOR COMPLAINT                                                                                   problematic was the out-

                                              The pay rise, which was earned with PSA                                                                                                                                                        of-date documentation in
                 he pay round deposited       resources and money, will go to all staff                                                                                                                                                      relation to Chemical Safety in
                 into School staff accounts   and not just members.                          THE INPUT OF MEMBERS                    A General Assistant (GA) employed in a Goulburn primary school has                                      Schools.

                                                The PSA has seen a surge of new              IS VITAL. BY VOTING ON                                                                                                                             “Following these discussions,
                 on 14 November was the
                                              members from Schools, as staff
                                                                                                                                     highlighted the absurdity of using student numbers to devise staffing.                                  the PSA raised this with DoE at
                 first one that featured
                                              reaslise the benefits brought by union         THIS AGREEMENT YOU                                              ark Brown is employed      it would hire the GA for a full week. This would     a Joint Consultative Committee
                 new pay rates calculated
                                                                                                                                                             as a GA at Wollondilly     be regardless of how big the school is or how
                 after the Department         membership.                                    HAVE HAD A GENUINE                                              Public School, which       old and run-down its facilities. The current
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             meeting. As a result, the PSA,
                 conceded that staff were       The extra pay in each member’s pocket                                                                                                                                                        delegates and the Department
                                              has come after a long campaign. The            SAY ON HOW YOUR UNION                                           has about 400 students.    formula allows for a full-time, five-days-a-week     will soon enter into consultation
being underpaid due to a gender bias.
                                                                                                                                                             Under the Department       GA to be hired if a school has more than 500
  Even better, that pay included back pay     decision to pursue the case was made by        PROCEEDS                                                                                                                                        on updated documentation,
                                              the incoming PSA Executive in late 2016,                                                                       of Education’s formula,    students. As student numbers drop, the amount        including the Chemical Safety
to July 1.
                                              with the case lodged in March 2017.                                                                            this means Mr Brown        of time allocated for a GA is reduced. In the        in Schools booklet. Work Health
  “This win is evidence of what a strong
                                                                                                                                     is allocated 19 hours of work a week to care       most extreme case, one remote school with only       and Safety structures will also be
                                                                                                                                     for the school grounds and facilities. The only    two students currently enrolled hires a GA for       refreshed providing an avenue
                                                                                                                                     problem is that the school sits on about six       four hours a week.                                   for matters to be raised and
                                                                                            “The input of members is vital and       hectares of land: about 15 acres in the old           Mr Hammond said the PSA’s policy is for “a        resolved on an ongoing basis.”
                                                                                          supports the work of the PSA,” said        imperial measure.                                  five-day-a-week GA in every school”.                    The group will also
                                                                                          Industrial Officer Siobhan Callinan.          PSA Organiser Brett Hammond said the               Failing that, the union is pushing for a better   work on the provision and
                                                                                          “By voting on this agreement you have      grounds all up take Mr Brown about 24 hours        way for the Department to work out what hours        quality of training to School
                                                                                          had a genuine say on how your union        to mow; more than his weekly allocation of         a GA should work.                                    Administrative Officers when
                                                                                          proceeds.”                                 hours. Yet on top of the mowing there are             “The age of buildings and the size of the         they first take on the SAO
                                                                                            The new Agreement has been               a multitude of other jobs he is required to        school grounds should be taken into account          Science role, as well as regular
                                                                                          finalised and came into effect in mid-     complete.                                          more than the number of students,” said Mr           development and refresher
                                                                                          December 2019.                                If the school had about another 100 students,   Hammond.                                             training.

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     ATRE                                                                                                                                               HEALTH &      ES
CHANGE                                                                                                                                            CO M MUNIT Y SERVIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                PSA wins wage justice for                       Justice, Ms McKeough pointed out “the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Department has a legal obligation to pay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Communities and Justice                         Mr Wallace at the appropriate rate. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                employee                                        failure to increase Mr Wallace’s pay to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grade 10 level means that not only has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                he been underpaid, he also has a lower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to action by his                         superannuation balance and reduced leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                union, a Senior Caseworker at                   loading has been paid.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coonabarabran Community                           The Department, in response, advised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that after further checking it was revealed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Services Centre has been awarded                that the problem extended back to

                                                                                                                                               DANGERS EXPOSED BY                                               an early Christmas bonus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   he member, delegate and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                November 2008. Mr Wallace was backpaid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in November 2019 and the Department
                                                                                                                                               BALMAIN TRAGEDY                                                                     Central Councillor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stephen Wallace has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                extended an apology.

                                                                                                                                               The stabbing death of a Mental Health                                               worked for the
                                                                                                                                               Care Worker in a Balmain housing block                                              Department for more than
                                                                                                                                               has highlighted the dangers faced by                                                20 years and is a
                                                                                                                                               many PSA workers on the front line of                                               maximum Grade 7 senior          WE ADVISE ALL MEMBERS
                                                                                                                                               Community Services.                                              caseworker. Part of his work for Community
                                                                                                                                                  “Many of our members deal with people                         Services 11 years ago involved signing an          TO CHECK THEIR PAYSLIP

WHEN THE RIVERS RUN DRY                                                                                                                        with complex mental health needs that
                                                                                                                                               can have unpredictable effects,” said
                                                                                                                                               Industrial Manager Kris Cruden. “They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                agreement to provide coaching, advice and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                support to less experienced caseworkers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and participate in training and orientation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   EVERY FORTNIGHT

As drought bites, fish die, rivers stop flowing, farms go to the wall and towns ponder their very                                              play an important role in these people’s                         activities. This meant he should have been
                                                                                                                                               lives but we need to be safe at work.”                           paid at the Grade 3/7 level 10 rate.

existence, CPSU NSW members in WaterNSW are making sure taps flow for the people of the state.                                                                                                                     However, this was not paid, and he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                instead continued to receive the Grade 3/7        “This is an unusual, but not isolated,
                  PSU NSW members all          serves a vital role in allocating an             sustained period of time really does                                                                                                                            example of pay anomalies experienced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                level 9 rate.
                  over the state are playing   increasingly scarce resource, with               impact on your staff.                                                                                                                                           by hard-working public servants,” said Ms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “After trying to resolve this with payroll
                  a huge role in fighting      competition between agricultural                    “You really have to make sure it doesn’t          THEY PLAY AN IMPORTANT                                     and getting nowhere, he sought PSA              McKeough. “Now, more than ever, with
                  the effects of climate       producers, miners and residents. As              get on top of your guys, because it really
                  change. WaterNSW is a        climate change bites and drought                 can be quite draining dealing with that              ROLE IN THESE PEOPLE’S                                     assistance,” said PSA Industrial Officer        new and inflexible computer systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carmel McKeough. “Mr Wallace further            including SAP and OneSAP and much
                  state-owned corporation      becomes more a part of everyday life in          every day.”                                          LIVES BUT WE NEED TO BE                                    advised that in his discussion with payroll     lower numbers of payroll staff, mistakes
                  that, among many other       regional NSW, this puts pressure on staff           Not all decisions go the way applicants
tasks, manages our dams, rivers and water      and the services they provide.                   want, so WaterNSW staff will have to
                                                                                                                                                     SAFE AT WORK                                               it was indicated that the problem dates         can and do occur.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                back at least a decade when no annual             “We advise all members to check their
infrastructure.                                   “Drought means increased workloads, a         sometimes deal with disappointed                                                                                                                                payslip every fortnight to ensure it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                increment was awarded which would have
  “It has several roles; one of the            lot more stress, a need to prioritise duties,”   stakeholders.                                                                                                                                                   accurate. If not please contact your payroll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                moved him to the level 10 rate.”
major ones is the protection of Greater        said Mr Harrison.                                   “That’s not a lot of fun,” said Mr Hanks.                                                                                                                    staff in the first instance. If that doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                  Sixty-two-year-old mental health                                 In a letter to the Director of Employee
Sydney’s drinking water and its                   “We see a great increase in stock             “Sometimes it involves legal challenges to                                                                                                                      resolve the issue, please contact the Member
                                                                                                                                               worker Stephen Douglas was killed in                             Relations, Safety and Wellbeing at
catchment,” said CPSU NSW member               and domestic applications,” said Ben             your decisions.                                                                                                                                                 Support Centre on 1300 772 679.”
                                                                                                                                               late November at a block of units in East                        the Department of Communities and
Andrew Harrison, who works for                 Hanks, who works in licensing. “During              “From time to time customers come
WaterNSW’s Customer and Community              a drought you often get increased                in that are doing it tough and threaten        Balmain. A 40-year-old man, who is alleged
business unit. “We’re a bulk water             applications for irrigation.                     self-harm, and it can be hard to tell what     to have serious mental issues, has been
supplier; which is all the external dams          “You have a lot more people coming to         is really going on.                            charged with Mr Douglas’s murder.
in the regions. That provides drinking
water for councils, as well as irrigation
                                               your door saying, ‘I want to do this, I want
                                               to do that’. You still have to satisfy the
                                                                                                   “We are doing our best to support our
                                                                                                customers, it is really tough on everyone in
                                                                                                                                                  Ms Cruden said the PSA does not want
                                                                                                                                               its members exposed to the same fate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What next for Community Justice?
and industrial usage.                          various rules we have; you have just got a       our regional communities.                         “We need the Department to make sure                            Uncertainty hangs over the future of staff and clients at the Community Justice and
  “We’re also a system operator of the         lot more work coming in and you don’t               “I am constantly telling my team to take    proper risk assessments are done for all                           Integrated Services Programs in Parramatta.
state’s surface and groundwater resources.     have extra staff to do it.”                      leave: you just don’t want them to burn        clients and ensure that appropriate action                            The program, which deals with people with disability in the Corrections system,
This includes the Murray-Darling Basin            In addition to the extra workload             out.”                                          is taken in line with the risk assessments,”                       is to be closed as part of the State Government’s retreat from the provision of
and the Murray River System.                   the drought brings, Mr Hanks said                   WaterNSW staff are witnessing dramatic      she said.                                                          disability services.
  “We also do water licensing, approvals,      the dry conditions place staff under             changes to water supply and, in some              Other measures advocated by the PSA                                “Not only are our members’ livelihoods at risk, but the work they do is also
water trades, billing and provide              stress.                                          cases, industries and towns questioning        include eliminating ID tags on lanyards                            incredibly important for some of the most vulnerable members of society,” said PSA
water resource information. Our                   “Servicing these enquiries puts a             their existence.                               worn around the neck and better GPS                                Industrial Officer Greg Shaw. “There is a danger that without this section operating,
environmental group looks at water             lot of demand on your water-licensing               “Smaller towns shrink during a              software for members on the ground.                                these people will fall through the cracks.”
quality across the state.”                     team, and our operation and field staff,”        drought,” said Mr Hanks. “Towns will face
                                                                                                                                               Above: The Balmain flats where a Mental Health Care Worker was
  During times of drought, WaterNSW            said Mr Hanks. “To have that over a              a significant change in their output.”
                                                                                                                                               stabbed to death.

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FE      E

Behind the        DISORDER IN THE HOUSE:
Rescue staff
proud to be union

                            hile the state’s
                            Fire Fighters have
                            their own union,
                            there are a
                            number of PSA
                            members at Fire

                                                                                                                                               BLOOD TESTING RULES INTRODUCED
                            and Rescue.
   PSA Organiser Latu Sailosi recently
spent some time at the Fire Rescue NSW
HQ in Greenacre with Transport Recovery
Operators Andrew Standaloft, Kerry                                                                                                             AFTER LONG POVB FIGHT

Phillips and Jeremy Rampant.
   The group are primarily drivers,                                                                                                                                fter a long campaign from the          “This caused no end of mental anguish. At least
moving and relocating heavy vehicles                                                                                                                               PSA and Prison Officers’            now Officers can have peace of mind if the test is
and equipment around the state.                                                                                                                                    Vocational Branch (POVB),           negative.”
Recently they were replacing broken-                                                                                                                               supported by other unions, the         “The unfortunate reality is that PSA’s front-line
down fire trucks and equipment in the                                                                                                                              State Government has                members working across the public service are
fires around Tenterfield that claimed                                                                                                                              introduced a bill directing that    exposed to violence in their daily duties,” said
about 50 homes.                                                                                                                                                    people assaulting emergency         PSA General Secretary Stewart Little.
   They play a vital role in supporting                                                                                                        service staff should be compulsorily tested for            “This is a risk of their jobs, but it’s also fair
front-line firefighting staff, working with                                                                                                    communicable diseases.                                  that workers have an expectation that every
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FRONTLINE MEMBERS
the equipment and tools required to fight                                                                                                        The bill, which is expected to be passed by the       effort is made to reduce stress and anxiety in the     ... ARE EXPOSED TO

fire emergencies.                                                                                                                              NSW Parliament in early 2020, would compel people       event they’re attacked and exposed to possible
   “They are the most collegiate, tight-knit                                                                                                   who assault a Correctives Officer, Police Officer or    infection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VIOLENCE IN THEIR
and united work group I have met since                             iting low pay for a job                                                     Ambulance Worker and draw blood to take a test             “There needs to be an evidence-based policy         EVERYDAY DUTIES
starting at the PSA in 2004,” said Mr                              that can put them in the                                                    for diseases such as hepatitis. Anyone who refuses to   in place that offers peace of mind to front-line
Sailosi, who is making inroads with staff                          path of a bullet, Special       THE DEPARTMENT IS ON                        comply with a testing order would face a maximum of     Officers.
in other areas such as IT.                                         Constables walked off the       NOTICE ... THIS ISSUE IS                    12 months’ imprisonment, an $11,000 fine, or both.         “The Emergency Services Coalition ,which
   With the fire season starting early,                            job at sites such as the
there is an expectation of a very busy                             NSW Parliament to draw
                                                                                                   NOT GOING AWAY                                “This is long overdue,” says POVB Chair Nicole        includes PSA, the P NSW olice Association,
                                                                                                                                               Jess. “Officers assaulted in the line of duty, where    Health Services Union and the Fire Brigade
period ahead right through to March or                             attention to their plight.                                                  there has been blood mixed, once faced a six-           Employees’ Union, agrees that members’ safety
April 2020.                                        Television news broadcasts that evening                                                     month wait to be cleared by tests.                      has to be the priority.”
   There are seven staff in the Transport        ran with footage of the officers walking
Operations Fleet Management team, all            out of Parliament’s gates in full uniform      NSW Police agreed to engage with the
based at the Greenacre depot and HQ. All         to protest over their wages.                   PSA in a series of formal meetings with
six drivers are PSA members.
   They have a few industrial concerns,
                                                   Special Constables guard sites such as
                                                 Parliament, Government House, the State
                                                                                                regular report-backs to the Commission.
                                                                                                  “It is clear from the stop work
                                                                                                                                               Role dispute spurs stable staff into action
which they are working to resolve with the       Cabinet offices and Police Headquarters.       meetings that members feel completely
support of the PSA.                              This potentially dangerous work means          undervalued by NSW Police for the              PSA members employed by the NSW                         duties,” said Industrial Officer Andrew Wright.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “If NSW Police is adamant about continuing
                                                 they are armed and wear body armour. In        important and sometimes dangerous              Police as Grooms implemented work                       to describe their role as essentially that of a
                                                 October 2015, Special Constables shot          work they do,” said PSA Organiser Roland       bans in November.                                       Strapper or Stable Hand, then their actual duties
                                                 and killed Farhad Khalil Mohammad              Harris. “Members should be proud to
                                                                                                                                                 Following long-standing pay and grading               should be modified accordingly.”
                                                 Jabar, who had murdered Police IT worker       have shown their strength and unity by
                                                                                                                                               discrepancies against similar roles in NSW Police,        The Grooms work with police horses at the
                                                 Curtis Cheng.                                  standing together at the meetings last
                                                                                                                                               the PSA put in a submission outlining the case for      Redfern stables.
                                                   After the walk-off, the PSA was ordered      week. The Department is on notice that
                                                                                                                                               a review of the Role Description for Grooms.              The action spurred the NSW Police into action,
                                                 to cease the action by the Industrial          this issue is not going away and members
                                                                                                                                                 “Members are understandably frustrated with           with the force offering to meet to discuss the
                                                 Relations Commission (IRC).                    will continue to fight collectively for what
                                                                                                                                               working beyond their Role Description when              dispute. Members were directed to resume normal
                                                   As part of the IRC ending the action,        they deserve.”
                                                                                                                                               their pay and grading don’t match their actual          duties once the announcement was made.

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                                                                                            Mental health
                                                                                            campaign to
                                                                                            aid members in

                                                                                                               he PSA and Prison
                                                                                                               Officers Vocational
                                                                                                               Branch (POVB) have
                                                                                                               been encouraging
                                                                                                               members in the state’s
                                                                                                               prisons to look out for
                                                                                                               each other and to start
                                                                                            to change the communication around
                                                                                            mental health and wellbeing.
                                                                                               The executive has been meeting with
                                                                                            Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) and
                                                                                            pushing for a greater need for Mental
                                                                                            Health Wellbeing programs, debriefs after
                                                                                            incidents, training for managers on how

  CONFERENCE WORKS FOR MORE INDIGENOUS                                                      to facilitate a debrief, calling in Employee
                                                                                            Assistance Program counselling for serious

  POSITIONS IN JUSTICE SYSTEM                                                               incidents and in general a greater level of
                                                                                            support for CSNSW staff.
  The PSA had a stand at the annual Youth Justice Aboriginal Conference.
    The three-day conference enables Aboriginal staff in the Youth Justice sector to
                                                                                               “Nearly every Correctives Officer
                                                                                            will know a colleague who has                  LONG BATTLE FOR HIGH-RISK UNIT
                                                                                                                                           BEARS FRUIT FOR YOUTH JUSTICE
                                                                                            suicided,” said PSA Industrial Officer
  discuss and solve issues that affect them.

                                                                                            David Bartle. “Many inmates also take
    “The conference and our stand gave us a good chance to do more for our
                                                                                            their own lives, which has an effect.
  Aboriginal members in the sector,” said PSA Organiser Gino Di Candilo. “We are
                                                                                               “Our staff can work with an inmate for                        long campaign for better             facilities. Previously, high-risk detainees were
  pushing for more identified positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.”
                                                                                            eight or even 16 hours a day, they can’t                         conditions for Youth Justice         mixed with the general detainee population,
    According to the Creative Spirits website, which deals with Aboriginal and Torres
                                                                                            help but be affected if a prisoner takes                         members has had results, with        so a repeat car thief may have been detained
  Strait Islander issues, more than 50 per cent of NSW juvenile detainees are First
                                                                                            their own life.”                                                 the Minister agreeing to nearly      alongside someone found guilty of murder or
  Nations Australians.
                                                                                               “CSNSW has been holding many                                  all the union’s demands.             terrorism-related offences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ASSAULT LEVELS IN
                                                                                            focus groups across the state, to give                              Minister Gareth Ward                “Our members want to help these kids,” said            THESE FACILITIES
                                                                                            feedback and ideas on what staff think                           announced 63 recommendations         Mr Little. “They want to break the cycle. The last
                                                                                            is needed,” wrote POVB Chair Nicole            to reduce the incidences of violence in the Youth      thing they want to see is them going up the road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           HAVE TREBLED

New SES boss visits PSA House                                                               Jess in a bulletin to members. “Their
                                                                                            involvement in these focus groups has
                                                                                            been beneficial and has assisted in
                                                                                                                                           Justice system. This was in reaction to a riot at
                                                                                                                                           a Central Coast facility that received widespread
                                                                                                                                                                                                  into Long Bay or Cessnock. This reform is a very
                                                                                                                                                                                                  welcome step in that direction.”
                                                                                                                                           media attention.                                         The changes to the Youth Justice system were
                                                                                            confirming the need for greater support          “The 22-hour riot at Frank Baxter in July            introduced after years of intensive lobbying by
The new head of the State                        Ms York has worked in the past with        to assist with the mental health and           forced the government to act,” said Stewart Little,    the PSA, representing members frustrated at the
                                               NSW Police, where she negotiated with        wellbeing of staff.”                           General Secretary of the PSA. “Since then, we have     increasing amount of violence to which they and
Emergency Service (SES) met                    General Secretary Stewart Little, who once      The PSA and POVB executive have             been grateful to work with Minister Gareth Ward        other detainees were subjected.
PSA staff and Executive in a                   worked for the Police Association, and       been pushing this program with CSNSW.          on what needs to be done to make officers and            “It’s cause for concern when you’ve had assault
visit in December 2019.                        PSA Industrial Manager Julie Bond.           It was presented at the PSA Annual             detainees safer.                                       levels in these facilities treble over the last three
                                                 “I am confident we can have a positive     Conference and at the Mental Health              “In particular we welcome high-risk units for        or four years,” said Mr Little.
  NSW SES Commissioner Carlene
                                               relationship with Ms York,” said Ms          Conference in 2018, where it was received      Cobham and Frank Baxter and the introduction of          “The incident in July was certainly foreseeable.”
York, the first woman to hold the post,
                                               Bond. “The recent fires have shown how       well by attendees.                             new classifications for high-risk detainees.”            In the riots in Frank Baxter, detainees attacked
promised a constructive relationship with
                                               important a well-run SES is to the people       These programs are expected to be             Dedicated high-risk offender therapeutic units       other youths in the facility. Some youths were
the union that represents more than 100
                                               of NSW.”                                     implemented in early 2020.                     will be established at the two largest youth justice   hospitalised with serious injuries.
of her employees.

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TAFE                                                                                                                                                UNIVERSITIES

                                                                                                                                                     Bargaining kicks-off
                                                                                                                                                     at WSU College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     he CPSU NSW has met
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with Western Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     University The College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and representatives from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     other unions and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     independent staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     representatives to discuss
                                                                                                                                                                                                    bargaining protocols.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A comprehensive review of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    current enterprise agreement has

                                                                                                                                                                                                    been undertaken and the CPSU NSW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    has presented the bargaining parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                    with a log of claims with an emphasis

                                                                                                                                                     Negotiations for a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                    on improving core entitlements and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    access to greater work flexibility for         FLEXIBILITY?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   GIVE ME A
                                                                                                                                                                                                    professional staff.
                                                                                                                                                     Western Sydney University The                    WSU The College is owned by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    university but operates as a separate
                                                                                                                                                     College enterprise agreement
Protesters give fail marks to Lee over mistimed TAFE cuts                                                                                            commenced in December.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    business. It provides a range of pathway
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and alternative entry programs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    university for students.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A survey by the CPSU NSW
                  he CPSU NSW has forced           the extension of time for consultation and          “They don’t value quality education,”
                  the State Government to          the final exit date, since we were in situation   said Mr Dib. “That’s the government we                                                                                                        about workplace flexibility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   found three major barriers to
                  the negotiation table over
                  plans to cut 196 jobs just
                                                   were TAFE NSW didn’t want to have more
                                                   than one week’s consultation,” said CPSU
                                                                                                     have got; that’s the government we have to
                                                                                                     get rid of.”                                  FINAL CHAPTER PENNED IN UNE’S                                                                   university Professional Staff

                  before Christmas. The            NSW Industrial Manager Anne Kennelly.               “Doing this just before Christmas,
                                                                                                                                                   ‘NEVER-ENDING STORY’                                                                            accessing flex.

                  union’s actions included         “They wanted 91 permanent staff to go on 20       knowing it is the most vulnerable time
                  a rally of about 100             December. We were able to push that back.         for staff, is a particularly low act,” said                                                                                                                     ccording to the survey,
people at the Ultimo TAFE campus, a                   “Sadly, we could not prevent agency staff      CPSU NSW Delegate Simon Gray.                                 ong-running negotiations         entitlements for fixed-term employees (up to                     filled out by more than
matter in the Fair Work Commission                 going on 6 December. Nor could we save                                                                          with the University of New       17 per cent over the life of the agreement).                     41 per cent of CPSU
(FWC) and a media campaign that gained             a handful of short-term temps positions                                                                         England (UNE) for a new          However, the most significant achievement                        NSW members, local
extensive positive coverage.
  Just in time for Christmas, the
                                                   going in December.
                                                      “If we had not fought back, we would not         VALE                                                        professional staff
                                                                                                                                                                   enterprise agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                                    was retaining a suite of conditions targeted
                                                                                                                                                                                                    by the university during a marathon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     managers were not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     respecting staff ’s
Berejiklian Government’s Minister, Geoff
Lee announced the jobs will be cut
                                                   have achieved anything. I’d like to thank
                                                   members and delegates for standing strong
                                                                                                       JULIE FLETCHER                                              appear to be close to
                                                                                                                                                                   settlement with the parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                    bargaining period.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A final draft of the proposed agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     entitlement to take flex.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There were also workplace demands
thanks to a corporate restructure.                 and united in this distressing time. This is        The PSA/CPSU NSW is                         nearing an in-principle agreement on             has been circulated amongst the                preventing staff from accessing flex. Some
  But the CPSU NSW was able to achieve             what being in a union is all about”                 saddened to hear of the loss                terms and conditions.                            bargaining representatives and it is           respondents said their managers were not
the following wins at the FWC:                        CPSU NSW Delegate Liz Garlick, in a                                                             After more than two years of                  expected to be endorsed by all parties         allowing them to accrue time to take in
                                                                                                       of TAFE member Julie Fletcher,                                                                                                              the form of flex.
  1. The Consultation period will be               fiery address to the rally, condemned the                                                       negotiation, UNE and the unions have             before the end of the month.
extended until 13 January 2020.                    rushed process.                                     who perished in the bushfires               agreed on a new four-year deal that                “Thanks to the bargaining team for              The survey results were brought to
  2. TAFE NSW employees who were                      “[Staff had] been given one week to              near Port Macquarie in                      provides annual increases of two per             soldiering away on this deal for two           the Higher Education Representative
declared excess on 2 December will now             make a decision,” she said. “To make a              November 2019.                              cent (June 2019 to June 2022) plus a             years,” said CPSU NSW Industrial               Council (HERC) meeting on 5
have up until Monday 13 January 2020 to            decision on their future. So, they have to                                                      one off $500 (pro-rata) payment for              Officer Thane Pearce. “It has been a           November 2019. HERC delegates
accept or decline voluntary redundancy.            go home to their families and tell them             “Our thoughts and concerns                  professional staff. This includes                long process but the result is above-          developed the next phase of the Flex
  3. A job-swap process will occur.                they have got no job.”                              go out to her family, friends               regularly employed casual staff.                 inflation pay rises, better conditions         Time Is My Time campaign.
  4. Any eligible long-term temps offered             Shadow Minister for Skills and TAFE,             and colleagues,” said General                  There are some notable improvements in        and fatter superannuation balances for            “The CPSU NSW is dedicated to fighting
VR will have the opportunity to apply for          Jihad Dib said the cuts were part of the                                                        employment conditions such as paid               members.                                       for Professional Staff ensuring that they
permanency                                         Government’s “ideology since 2011 … to
                                                                                                       Secretary Stewart Little.                   domestic violence leave, better access to sick     “I urge everyone to encourage all their      have the ability to have access to flex,” said
  “This is a huge win for TAFE staff, especially   absolutely destroy TAFE”.                                                                       leave and a move to better superannuation        colleagues to join the CPSU NSW.”              Industrial Manager Anne Kennelly.

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MEMBERSHIP                                                                                                                                                  PL ANNING IN NMENT
                                                                                                                                                             AND EN VIRO

                                          MAKING YOUR FEES PAY                                                                                            STOPPING BUDGET
  Provident Fund                          Youth Justice Delegate Shane                 who has been a PSA member for eight                                CUTS BECOMING
  up by $500                              Brownlee took a look at his
                                                                                       years, plans to get back on the fairways
                                                                                       and has used the discount for a new set                            JOB CUTS
                                          family’s grocery bills and knew              of golf clubs. He also knows a new set                             With the newly created Department of
  As of January 2020, the                 he had to do something.                      of tyres is on the horizon and will use                            Planning, Industry and Environment
  PSA/CPSU NSW Provident                                                               MyCar, with its corresponding discount,                            looking to cut more than $80 million
                                          “Our grocery budget is about $250 a          to fix that issue.                                                 from its budget, the PSA is working to
  Fund will be $4000.                                                                    As a Delegate, Mr Brownlee is often
                                          week,” he told Red Tape.                                                                                        ensure staff cuts are minimised.
  Previously the Provident Fund paid                                                   told by prospective members that                                      “Over the last few months,
                                            Luckily, as a member of the PSA, Mr
  out $3500 to the families of members                                                 the union fees prevent them from                                   management has been advising us of
                                          Brownlee, can shave five per cent off that
  who passed away.                                                                     joining.                                                           areas where they can make savings
                                          amount every time he hits the checkout.
    “Now is a good time for members                                                      “When people bring up cost, I point                              that do not lead to job losses,” said
  to ensure their beneficiary details                                                  out that Union Shopper can offset the                              PSA Industrial Manager Nathan
  are up to date – by logging into the                                                 costs,” he said. “They could even result in                        Bradshaw. “These measures have
  Members’ Area,” said Member Services                                                 a net benefit.”                                                    included restricting the use of
  Manager Kym Ward. “This form must          WHEN PEOPLE BRING UP                        Mr Brownlee thinks the new                                       consultants, reducing the amount of
  be completed and signed by the             COST, I POINT OUT THAT                    interface, which can get discount                                  senior executives, cutting back on travel
  member. It can be downloaded on the        UNION SHOPPER CAN                         cards to members immediately, has                                  expenses and the closing down of offices
  PSA and CPSU NSW sites.”                                                             eased the process and made getting
                                             OFFSET THE COSTS                                                                                             that comes with the Parramatta move.
                                                                                       deals faster.                                                         “DPIE has informed us that they
                                                                                         “PSA/CPSU NSW members have a
 Union Shopper                                                                         great resource in the Union Shopper
                                                                                                                                                          have made roughly $45 million in

 broadens                                   “If we pay $250, we save $12.50; that’s    and Member Benefits programs,” said
                                                                                       Member Services Manager Kym Ward.
                                                                                                                                                          savings so far. However, that leaves
                                                                                                                                                          approximately $35 million still to cut.”
                                                                                                                                                             At a recent meeting, DPIE talked about
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ATTACK ONE, ATTACK ALL: PSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                         GOES IN DEFENCE OF NPWS STAFF
                                          about $650 a year,” he said. “That and

 its range                                the tax deduction and that’s my union        “We’d love to see more of them take                                cutting temporary and contingent labour,

                                          fees paid.”                                  advantage of the deals and tell their                              starting with short-term employees. The
                                            Grocery bills are just part of the         colleagues.”                                                       PSA has told the Department there are
                                                                                                                                                          a number of long-term temporary staff                             ational Party leader      The Australian, no friend of the union
 The Union Shopper discount               savings PSA/CPSU NSW members can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John Barilaro thought     movement, featured PSA Industrial
                                          make with the Union Shopper and                                                                                 members who should have been made
 program, which is available                                                           Shane Brownlee and Benson browse the PSA website’s Union Shopper
                                                                                                                                                          ongoing long ago and it does not believe                          he had an easy target     Manager Nathan Bradshaw on its front
                                          Member Benefits programs. Mr Brownlee,       page for a deal.
 to PSA/CPSU NSW members,                                                                                                                                 these people should be disadvantaged                              when he pointed the       cover, refuting the Minister’s claims.
                                                                                                                                                          because of the Department dragging its                            finger at National           “Our social media coverage of the event
 has increased its range of                                                                                                                                                                                                 Parks (NPWS) staff for    was our most popular issue in the past
                                                                                                                                                          heels on conversion.
 offers.                                                                                                                                                     “It is the PSA’s view that after years of                      the fires that hit NSW    year,” said PSA Communications Officer
 “There is a brand new movie ticket                                                                                                                       restructuring and cuts to the majority         in November 2019.                            Nigel Miles. “We had people sharing it well
 program providing members with                                                                                                                           of both the previous Department of                “The PSA immediately responded,           beyond the union movement.
 a comprehensive range of e-movie                                                                                                                         Industry and Department of Planning            finding it particularly insulting that Mr       “We had massive community
 vouchers from Village, Event,                                                                                                                            and Environment, there is nothing              Barilaro would seek to blame NPWS            engagement in the issue.”
 Greater Union and Birch, Carroll &                                                                                                                       left to cut without further affecting          workers, who were currently out there           All this coverage meant Mr Barilaro’s
 Coyle, Hoyts, Palace and Moonlight                                                                                                                       the quality of services delivered to the       risking their lives to protect the people    attack blew up in his face. Encouragingly
 Cinemas,” said Member Services                                                                                                                           public,” said Mr Bradshaw. “That often-        and property of the state,” said Assistant   the Environment Minister, Matt Kean,
 Manager Kym Ward.                                                                                                                                        used phrase that they are ‘trimming            General Secretary Troy Wright. “It is this   defied his Cabinet colleague and defended
   “There is also a brand new gift card                                                                                                                   the fat’ wasn’t true years ago but as it       Government, who in spite of warnings         NPWS by stating that he was not going to
 program delivering discounted gift                                                                                                                       stands now they will need to dig deep          from our members, embarked on a major        have people use the bushfires to push an
 cards from a range of 53 suppliers.                                                                                                                      and remove vital organs.                       restructure which resulted in 778 jobs       anti-National Parks agenda.
   “There are many more features                                                                                                                             “These cuts have come from this             deleted, altered, downgraded or relocated       “The PSA will also not allow this
 members are enjoying, including energy                                                                                                                   Government. The PSA is here to fight           across multiple classifications, and who     Government to stir up anti-National
 and gas savings, insurance, motor                                                                                                                        for you in these upcoming times of             have also been in charge while Ranger        Park sentiment, and will continue to
 vehicle purchasing and much more.”                                                                                                                       change and uncertainty. If you are not         numbers have been slashed by one third       fight loudly for a better resourced NPWS,
                                                                                                                                                          a member, or know a colleague who is           since 2011.”                                 across all classifications, whether they be
                                                                                                                                                          not a member, now is the time to join.”           The PSA’s quick response resulted         Rangers, Field Officers, Area Managers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         in national media coverage, across           Administrative support or Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                         television, radio and newspapers. Even       Officers,” said Mr Wright.

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