Unity Is Strength The Progressives bring together rank and file trade union activists in the Public Service Association of NSW and the CPSU (SPSF NSW Branch). We work for:
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  • improved and more equitable pay. Protected and improved conditions - no secret trade-offs.
  • sustainable jobs in a sustainable environment
  • a democratic and strong union with greater transparency of decision making and accountability to members
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    2016 is a union election year

    Judith Greenwood
    for General Secretary
    John Moratelli
    for President
    Matte Rochford
    for Assistant General Secretary
    Renee Kinimaka
    for Senior Vice President
    Raquel Cortez
    for Vice President
    Boyd Kellner
    for Vice President
    Former PSA Vice President Paul Petersen says members should think about building a better member based alternative to progress the union's aims. He says greater effort is needed to:
    1) involve members and delegates in contributing ideas for our claims
    2) have our claims authorised by members
    3) improve the integrity of negotiations by including honorary officials (from all factions)
    4) provide updates and receive feedback by running delegate and member meetings
    5) actually campaign for improvements instead of relying on the employer and Industrial Relations Commission to deliver fair outcomes.
    "I believe we CAN build a united and stronger union IF we involve members from the beginning."

    Click here to see how to 'Vote Progressive PSA from 12 September'

    Click here to learn about our full PSA Executive and Central Council team

    PSA representatives in the national union, the SPSF/CPSU, were elected in July. Supporters of the Progressive PSA won a number of positions including Assistant Secretary, Vice president and Branch Councillors.

    A ballot in September will elect the Executive and Central Council of the PSA, our fellow PSA members that will run the PSA for the next four years.

    The Progressives are running a team that have a proven record in defending and extending workers’ rights and conditions.

    The Progressives use strategic political and industrial campaigning and solid workplace organisation to fight the erosion of our conditions.

    The Progressives are committed to keeping members involved in decisions about industrial activity and campaigns.

    Why are so many groups running in this election?

    Since we were elected on 2012, the Progressive PSA delivered on our election promise and reversed the undemocratic “winner-takes-all” system so that many points of view will be represented in the next Central Council.

    In 2008, the Rank and File and Members First groups replaced proportional representation with the undemocratic “winner-takes-all” system.
    The Progressives restored proportional representation because we believe in all members having a voice, not a select few. This change is better for our union, even though it may be to the detriment of the Progressives.
    Because of this change, many groups are able to run for positions in our union’s governing body.
    Thanks to the Progressives, in this election you are free to number above the line or below.

    We ask that you number the Progressive PSA "1" on your ballot.

    What is the difference between the groups?

    At the end of the day, we are all unionists, and there are many excellent candidates running in each of the different groups.
    While there are some good candidates on the Rank and File ticket, their continued hostility towards other groups is divisive. It plays into the hands of this Government.
    While we continue to fight each other within our union, we weaken our fight against the real enemy.
    We believe diversity is a good thing. The Progressives will continue to work with every elected group to improve conditions for all members.

    What do the Progressives stand for?

    - Increased union density through activation of member networks and recruiting new members.

    - Building a public sector wide campaign to protect our services, wages and conditions.

    - Improving the Member Support Centre.

    Vote Progressive for a strong, democratic and member driven union.

    For more information please open the Progressives election leaflet "here"

    Meet the Progressive PSA candidates for the PSA Executive and Central Council"click here"

    To make contact with the Progressives"click here"

    Progressive PSA Annual Conference Bulletin May 2016
    In this bulletin

  • Delegates have a say at PSA Annual Conference 25-27 May 2016
  • Some achievements of Progressives on Central Council
  • Progressive Strategies for a Stronger PSA
  • Fighting Privatisation a high priority
  • 2016 - election year for our union

    Read the PPSA Annual Conference Bulletin "here"

    Progressive PSA Bulletin April 2015
    In this bulletin

  • Have your say at PSA Annual Conference 28-29 May 2015
  • Salaries and conditions award 2016
  • Temporary staff ongoing issues
  • Privatisation alerts – ServiceFirst, Home Care and social impact bonds
  • #NSWnotforsale - doorknocking
  • Bust the Budget 4 March - National Protest organised by Australian Unions

    Read the PPSA Annual Conference Bulletin "here"

    Progressive PSA Bulletin November 2014
    In this bulletin

  • Temporary workers: a win and a loss looms
  • Stop privatisation: ADHC leads the way
  • Progressives: fulfilling election commitments
  • State election – what do public sector unionists want?

    Read the PPSA November Bulletin "here"

    Progressive PSA Bulletin Sept 2014
    In this bulletin

  • Eva Cox rouses 2014 PSA Women’s Conference
  • Convert temporary employees before 24 Feb 2015
  • PSA should be consulted about performance management under the GSE Act
  • Hot desking – working agile
  • Save Our TAFE
  • Rally 13 November to present petition against NDIS privatisation

    Read the PPSA September Bulletin "here"

    Culture of bullying in WorkCover exposed
    The Progressive PSA has previously reported on bullying within WorkCover NSW. Now Parliamentary inquiry has further exposed what the NSW Industrial Relations Commission found in the case of Wayne Butler where:
    “The deputy president of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has described an investigation by WorkCover NSW into one of its own employees as little more than a "witch-hunt" and characteristic of "institutional bullying" SMH 23 June 2013.

    Read the PPSA report with links to the Parliamentary report "here"

    What the PSA Progressives had to say at the 2014 PSA Annual Conference
    The Progressive PSA group put forward a balanced assessment of achievements and what remains to be done for the PSA over the next couple of years.
    Both internal and external factors are examined. In contrast to the other two groups within the PSA (Members First and Rank and File) a series of positive steps were proposed.

    Read the PPSA 2014 PSA Annual Conference leaflet "here"

    NDIS: Yes - Privatisation: No
    "Ben has spent the past two years living in hospital wards, waiting for Aging Disability and Home Care (NSW) to find him a placement in a group home. Hospital administration are now threatening to apply for legal guardianship to enable them to force him into an Aged Care Facility."
    "Recently the family's hopes were dashed when they were told that a place had been found in a group home run by a non-government organisation (NGO), however Ben had been rejected as he sometimes displays outbursts of temper."

    Support the community campaign for publicly funded, inclusive disability care. Sign the "Change.org" petition

    Support the PSA campaign: "NDIS - YES; Privatisation - NO"

    Read the SBS news report Who pays: selling social services

    PSA warns on impact of new mandatory sentencing laws
    "The Public Service Association of NSW says funding cuts have left prisons with 'dangerously low staffing levels' and officers will struggle to cope with increased inmate numbers expected under the new 'one-punch' laws."
    Read the Sky News report "Jail guards 'at risk' under new laws"

    However Premier Barry O'Farrell is reported to be "unconcerned". Read the News Ltd report "O'Farrell not worried about prison numbers"

    Update ABC Radio National Law Report, 11 February 2014, former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions argues there is no justification for the laws and discusses the wider law and order climate. "Legal reforms in NSW"

    PSA wages campaign: we need an industrial strategy
    Since July the O’Farrell Government has only been paying an increase of 2.27% p.a. to public sector workers, not the full 2.5% p.a. increase as was promised earlier in 2013. What can union members do to force O'Farrell's hand?

    NEW Read the Progressive PSA report "We need an industrial strategy"

    Qld report: Overloaded, burned out and bullied"
    Working for Queensland: employee opinion survey finds public servants are overloaded, burned out and bullied. It seems that public sector workers everywhere are reporting the same impacts of the stresses associated with wage and budget constraints, job cuts and the pressure to do more with less in providing essential services to the public.
    When a similar survey in NSW found a similar result the Public Service Commissioner chose to blame the survey method rather than address the problem.

    Read the Courier Mail report, 18 December 2013 Qld report: Overloaded, burned out and bullied"

    Read the Sydney Morning Herald report, 6 January 2014 Survey wording blamed for high result on bullying in NSW public service

    Government Sector Employment Act, Regulations and Rules
    The NSW Government Sector Employment Act was given assent on 25 Jun 2013. The GSE Act 2013 is due to commence operating on 24 February.

    NEW Read the updated "PSA analysis of the GSE Act"

    Read the "Final Consultation Draft Rules"

    Read the "Final Draft Regulation"

    Read the "Government Sector Employment Act, 2013"

    Abbott's Commission of Audit threatens the role of government in Australia
    Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd is chair of the five-person panel of a National Commission of Audit (NCA). A preliminary report is due in January 2014 with the final report due in March 2014.
    The Audit is to recommend improved efficiencies by:

  • identifying areas of unnecessary duplication between the activities of the Commonwealth and other levels of government;
  • identifying areas or programs where Commonwealth involvement is inappropriate, no longer needed, or blurs lines of accountability; and
  • improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness with which government services and policy advice are delivered.

    Dean Jeansch, Flinders University academic, says of the NCA: “...the whole structure and process of Australian government, and the federal system, could be in for an earthquake-style shake-up.” The Adelaide Advertiser, 29 October 2013.

    Such a very broad remit the follows the trend of some recently elected conservative state governments creating similar audits with outcomes aimed at reducing the role of government.
    The federation of state and commonwealth public service unions (the CPSU) in its submission to the NCA instead advocates, :
    "for a positive role for Government and the public sector that enriches our nation and provides the support and services we need for a fair, safe and prosperous society."

    Read the CPSU submission "National Commission of Audit 2013 CPSU submission"

    Read the National Commission of Audit "Terms of Reference"

    PSA challenges weakened consultative arrangements
    The O’Farrell government weakened the ability of the union to intervene in matters affecting members by introducing a major change to the Policy and Guidelines on consultative arrangements in NSW public sector workplaces. See the earlier report below: “O'Farrell announces changed consultative arrangements”

    The newly formed Industrial Committee of PSA Central Council has taken up this issue and argued that the 1997 Guidelines on Consultative Arrangements continue to be in force through the Conditions Award.
    Due to the persistence of PPSA delegates on the Industrial Committee of PSA Central Council the industrial staff of the PSA have decided to seek a declaration from the IRC as to whether the 1997 Guidelines on Consultative Arrangements have been incorporated into the Conditions Award.
    If the IRC declares that they have been incorporated this will put the PSA in a much stronger position regarding consultative requirements. This is because, among other things, the 1997 guidelines contain provisions such as the recognition of the PSA as the representative of staff for the purpose of consultation. The matter is listed for hearing on 22 November.

    Read the new "Consultative Arrangements: Policy and Guidelines"

    NSW Greens to introduce a “Save TAFE Bill” to Parliament
    To a packed room, on 12 November, the NSW Greens launched their bill to protect TAFE from budget cuts, rising fees and charges, job losses, workforce deskilling and casualisation and being abandoned into a biased and aggressive competitive market.

    Greens NSW MP and Education spokesperson John Kaye said: "TAFE has been driven to the brink of collapse. Public provision of vocational education and training is already facing budget cuts of $800 million, soaring fees, cancelled course and hundreds of TAFE workers sacked. In early 2015 the new Smart and Skilled market will force TAFE to compete for students and funding with low quality, low cost private providers."

    Read the NSW Greens proposed legislation, "TAFE changes moratorium (Secure future for public provision) Bill"

    Read the Australian report on the proposed legislation, 14 November 2013 "TAFE ‘meltdown’ risk for O’Farrell: Greens"

    Big society = small government = privatisations
    "Conservative forces, both within Australia and internationally, are in the process of campaigning to reduce the role, scope and breadth of government and the public sector".

    The ACTU has published a research paper on the impact of the conservative "Big Society" concept and its increasing application in Australia. A must read for union activists.

    Read the ACTU paper, "A perfect storm approaching: the Big Society concept in Australia"

    BOF cuts: Signs of a union fight back
    The only public servants spared from the O'Farrell government's salary cuts across all agencies were school teachers, hospital nurses and police.
    But questions are being asked about whether child protection workers should have been among essential front-line staff exempted from the cuts.

    Health Services Union NSW Secretary, Gerard Hayes, told a rally of hospital workers he had evidence of the 300 cuts."Documentation, in our hand, from their own workforce committee which indicates quite clearly there are 300 jobs to go," he said. The Australian 1 October 2013.

    Read the Sydney Morning Herald, 28 September 2013 "Pity the kids too powerless to fight back"

    Read the Australian, 1 October 2013 "Sydney hospital denies job cuts pending"

    BOF threat: accept pay cut or jobs go
    On Friday, 9 September, the PSA and other public sector unions asked NSW Industrial Relations Commission to increase public sector award rates and allowances by 2.5%.
    However, Justice Boland, President of the IRC, said that in light of the wages cap that a 2.5% increase was available, the onus was on the government to show why a lesser amount was warranted.
    A final decision is expected later this month. In the meantime Public sector workers covered by the NSW Industrial system should expect to have a wage increase of 2.27% in their next pay or soon after.
    Workplace Express, 9 September 2013

    "If the current superannuation increase is not absorbed into the existing wages policy, the cost will be an extra $800 million over the forward estimates, which is the equivalent of 8000 public sector jobs." NSW treasurer, Mike Baird quoted in the Australian, 22 August, 2013

    In a separate development the PSA has opposed a decision by the Industrial Relations Commission granting an application from the NSW Audit Office that it be separated from the Government’s main pay case proceedings.
    The Audit Office said it believed it could propose a rise of 2.5 per cent but only if the superannuation rise of 0.25 per cent was discounted and on the condition that contract hours of work were increased from 35 to 37.5 a week.

    The PSA has advised that “as a result of our efforts, the Audit Office has advised it will not be pursuing an increase in hours and will instead pay the interim wage rise in line with other Government Departments, backdated to 1 July 2013.”

    Read the PSNews, 11 September 2013"Audit Office backs down"

    Death by a thousand cuts: how governments undermine their own productivity
    A new report by Centre for Policy Development (CPD) public service research director Christopher Stone and industrial relations policy expert Kathy MacDermott finds that blind, across-board-cuts reduce productivity, stifle innovation and damage government institutions.

    Read the Centre for Policy Development report, August 2013 "Death by a thousand cuts: how governments undermine their own productivity"

    Fee hikes for TAFE prepare for increased privatisation
    IPART has been asked by the NSW Government to conduct a review of price and fee arrangements for government-funded vocational education and training under Smart and Skilled. Under Smart and Skilled, from 2014, eligible people will be able to choose government subsidised training from TAFE NSW or an approved private or community training organisation.

    The media reports that IPART Chairman Peter Boxall, "Expected stakeholders would be concerned by the recommendations but warned that without the proposed increases, IPART believed the NSW Government would slash VET places by about 61,000."

    Read more: "Fee hikes for TAFE - IPART report"

    BOF's .25% Super grab to be disallowed by Upper House?
    If the .25% Superannuation grab is disallowed by the NSW Upper House the government has it's usual threat to jobs in the back pocket. "NSW Treasurer Mike Baird has warned that 8000 public servants could be axed if the government is forced to pay a 0.25 per cent superannuation increase in addition to future public sector pay rises."

    The Shooters Party's Robert Borsak told Workplace Express that superannuation was not part of the original agreement, and the O'Farrell government's bid to include it via an amendment was another example of it being "untrustworthy". "You give them an inch and they take a mile," he said.

    Read the Sydney morning Herald report, 8 August 2013 "8000 jobs on chopping block over super split"

    BOF's wages cap is below standard
    "In this article Sean Reidy, a workplace law barrister and member of AIER’s Executive Committee, argues that the recent move by the NSW Government to cap wages of public sector employees by policy strips employees of their rights to bargain collectively and in good faith, as outlined by the Australian Charter of Employment Rights."

    Read the Australian Institute of Employment Rights article, 24 August 2011 "Government Capping of Public Sector Wages Falls Below Australian Charter Standards"

    Insecure public sector workers fear the sack
    Responses from the Public Service Commissioner’s ‘People Matter Employee Survey’, taken last year indicate an increasing concern by public sector workers about their job security.

    "The results of the People Matter Employee Survey, taken in July to August last year, obtained by the NSW opposition through freedom of information laws, ranks staff on how secure they feel in their job."
    Read the Sydney Morning Herald report, 15 July 2013 "Public servants live in fear of axe"

    Meanwhile, the PSA has lodged an appeal against the Government's refusal of an information request for details of it's plans to cut public sector jobs and services around the State.

    BOF takes back the .25%
    Once again the O’Farrell government, in its increasingly autocratic fashion, has sidelined the Industrial Relations Commission. See below the Full Bench unanimous decision that means superannuation increases should be paid for by the employer.

    The government has moved with lightning speed to change the Regulation governing the 2.5% pay cap to include Superannuation Guarantee increases within the cap (clause 6(1)). Also worrying is clause 8(2) which suggests the government is going to 'compensate' SSS and SASS members through State Authorities Non-contributory Superannuation Scheme (SANCS). This is particularly detrimental for SSS members because they won't see the full increase flow to their pensions if the government just pays an extra 0.25% into SANCS from 1/7/13 rather than a fairer actuarial determined amount. It is possible that SASS members will be worse off too. Questions are also being asked about the potential impact of the .25% cut on non superable income such as allowances.

    Read the amended Regulation "Industrial Relations (Public Sector Conditions of Employment) Amendment Regulation 2013"

    Read last week's news, PSA members report "PSA Wins Case on Super"

    Parliamentary inquiry into WorkCover bullying
    NSW Greens MP, David Shoebridge, has successfully called for a parliamentary inquiry into WorkCover's "systematic bullying and mistreatment of staff", following a scathing judgement of the regulator's treatment of a senior employee in an unfair dismissal dispute.
    As reported earlier the NSW IRC found against WorkCover's investigation and dismissal of the employee, Wayne Butler, for alleged breaches of its conduct code - were "shabby", "devoid of any common sense or fairness", had the "characterisation of institutional bullying" and conveyed "an attitude of premeditation and witch hunt". The employee was ordered to be reinstated and paid back pay for period of his dismissal.
    The dismissal occurred after WorkCover agreed to comply with all of the recommendations contained in a Price Waterhouse Coopers report, which found that two in five WorkCover employees believed they had been bullied or harassed at work.

    “The deputy president of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has described an investigation by WorkCover NSW into one of its own employees as little more than a ''witch-hunt'' and characteristic of ''institutional bullying''.
    Read the Sydney Morning Herald report, 24 June 2013 "WorkCover investigation a 'witch hunt'"

    UPDATE: "The Public Service Association will begin gathering evidence in a bid to prosecute WorkCover NSW, after years of allegations of a bullying culture within the organisation."
    Read the Sydney Morning Herald report, 1 July 2013 "Bullying claims against WorkCover NSW"

    Public sector salaries: 2.25% or 2.5%? IRC decides in favour of the union but BOF looks for wriggle room
    Both Anne Gardiner, PSA General Secretary and Mr Lennon, Unions NSW Secretary, called on the Government to respect the spirit of the Commission’s decision and to pay for what was rightfully owing to public sector workers.
    “Decent superannuation should not come at the expense of the very jobs that keep our State functioning,” Mr Lennon said. “The NSW Government has already committed to cutting $19 billion from the budget over six years. Public sector workers are already struggling to deliver the services the community needs thanks to the cuts that have already happened.”

    However the state Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations, Mike Baird is reported in the Sydney Morning Herald to have a contrary opinion of the decision:
    ...”the IRC’s decision confirmed superannuation is an employee-related cost. ‘‘It is therefore within the 2.5% wages policy,’’ he said. ‘‘The IRC has suggested ways the regulation can be clarified, in order to remove any ambiguity and to ensure the clear intention of the wages policy is delivered. The Government is considering options to progress this.”

    Read more:
    PSA members report "PSA Wins Case on Super"

    Read the full decision "here"

    Read the Sydney morning Herald report, 25 June 2013 "Unions NSW backs IRC superannuation decision"

    National Disability Insurance Scheme
    "The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) administered by DisabilityCare Australia is intended to provide user centered and flexible care arrangements for people with disabilities. One consequence is that NSW government direct provision is slated to end by 2018. Many observers have noted that the NDIS scheme may impact on the pay rates for work previously done by public sector workers. The following report in the Sydney Morning Herald should be of concern to both prospective clients of DisabilityCare Australia and the unions which cover these workers.

    "Pay rates being offered under the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, are so low the program is unlikely to attract the necessary number of qualified staff, according to an industry expert." Read the Sydney Morning Herald report, 23 June 2013 "Disability scheme's 'unrealistic' pay offer short of current rates"

    BOF's Public Sector: Doing less with less
    "In Doing less with less, CPD public service Research Director Christopher Stone contends that sometimes cutting can cost more than it saves. Shifting responsibility to the private sector is not a cost-effective strategy when the public sector is better placed to provide essential services. While efficiency is defined in terms of producing more with the same or lesser expenditure, and some politicians talk about doing ‘more with less’, arbitrary spending cuts can in reality simply mean doing less with less."

    Find copies of False economies part 2 "Doing less with less"

    Read more, "False economies", 2 April 2013 "Part 1: Decoding efficiency"

    BOF: Another attack on the public sector employment conditions
    Petition to NSW Parliament
    The Petition brings to the attention of the House that the proposed Government Sector Employment Bill 2013 will:

  • Remove the statutory protections for merit selection in the Public Service
  • Undermine job security of Public Servants by abolishing the concept of permanent positions held by officers
  • Enable the Minister by determination to remove employees from Award coverage and access to the Industrial Relations Commission
  • Enable the Minister or Department Head to terminate the contract of senior public servants for no reason
  • Remove many statutory protections for employees and replaces them with yet to be written Government Sector Employment Rules

    Find copies of the petition "here"

    Find more detailed information about the GSE Bill "here"

    BOF: 'Public Sector workers to pay for super rise'
    "Unions and the NSW opposition are crying foul over a state government move to make public servants pay for a compulsory rise in superannuation out of their own pockets.
    From July compulsory employer super contributions will rise from 9 per cent to 9.25 per cent, then go up incrementally each year until it reaches 12 per cent in 2019.
    Public Service Association (PSA) General Secretary Anne Gardiner said unions were told on Thursday the extra payment would be taken from the already capped wage increase allowed to public servants.
    That meant a 2.5 per cent wage cap was in effect closer to a 2.25 per cent wage cap and this would reduce further as the compulsory super rate increased, she said in a statement on Friday."

    Read more, The Australian 3 May 2013 "Union cries foul over superannuation rise"

    "Single unit to regulate working with children check"
    This move will affect members working in the Education, FACS and Justice portfolios among others:
    “The new Working With Children Check is now set to commence from 15 June 2013 with its operation streamlined from four separate agencies into one regulatory unit, under the jurisdiction of the NSW Children’s Guardian.”

    Read more, PS News 1 May 2013 "Single unit to regulate new children's check"

    Find out more from the Office of Communities

    Privatising welfare:“Social Impact Bonds"
    “Outsourcing, competitive tendering, more charities delivering public services. These have a lot in common with Big Society policies in the UK. And we can get more clues about what's in store for the NSW public sector by following the Big Society platform. Here is some background.”

    Read more, 22 April 2013 "Social Impact Bonds and the Big Society"

    State Contract C100 to be replaced: will more insecure employment result?
    “The Department of Financial Services effectively called time on the State Contract C100 after it described it as a “closed panel contract, which was complex and locked out many suppliers, including small businesses”.

    Read more, Government News, 9 April 2013 "NSW overhauls contingent workforce recruitment"

    Shooter opposes shooting in National Parks
    “A member of Game Council NSW who is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking part in illegal hunting expeditions says the government should abandon plans to open national parks to shooting."

    Read more, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2013 "Seasoned shooter joins opposition to hunting in state national parks"

    Come to the Rally 12:15 – 1:30pm , Thursday 18th April 2013 @ Hyde Park fountain then march to NSW Parliament House "No Hunting in National Parks Rally"

    Lessons from the UK: Billy Bragg on the death of Margaret Thatcher
    NSW has a Premier who is an admirer of ex-UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. There is the strong possibility of a similar minded Prime Minister after 14 September. Let us take note of the words of UK songster/campaigner Billy Bragg on the death of Margaret Thatcher:

    "This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today.
    "Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing; of why domestic growth is driven by credit, not by real incomes; of why tax-payers are forced to top up wages; of why a spiteful government seeks to penalise the poor for having an extra bedroom; of why Rupert Murdoch became so powerful; of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society.
    "Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don't celebrate - organise!"

    “Campaign to save "poles and wires"
    “The NSW opposition and unions are warning the government not to sell off the state's "poles and wires" electricity infrastructure, despite repeated promises it won't be privatised.
    A $1.5 million campaign against the sale of the distribution network was launched yesterday by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), the United Services Union (USU), the Public Service Association, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Scientists and Managers Australia.”

    Read more, 3 April 2013 "Part Warning not to sell power poles and wires"

    “Do we really want a size zero government?”
    “Our Public Service suffers the plight of the anorexic: no matter how thin it gets there are voices saying it’s too fat.
    The Centre for Policy Development’s Christopher Stone, contends that if we don’t want services to run down, we need to consider results as well as resources when measuring success. Politicians most often address this issue with promises of sweeping cuts, but what do they actually mean when they say ‘efficiency’?".

    Read more, "False economies", 2 April 2013 "Part 1: Decoding efficiency"

    Keep Them Safe
    Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, reports on Community Services and reviewable child deaths.
    “This report, as with others before it, again highlights a lack of capacity within Community Services in the time period leading up to these deaths to respond to children at risk of significant harm,” Mr Barbour said.".

    Read the Report, March 2013, "Reviewable Deaths in 2010 and 2011: Volume one: Child Deaths"

    BOF: 'Education verdict could be better"
    "Fewer people think the NSW government is doing a good job in education now, compared with the number who approved when Labor was in power, according to the latest Nielsen poll."
    "The government's announcement last year that it was cutting $1.7 billion over four years in education funding, including $800 million and 800 jobs from TAFE, angered public and private schools and the wider community."
    2014 will bring extra pressure on the TAFE budget with more TAFE funding than ever being put on the open market. Meanwhile in schools the Local Schools Local Decisions reforms are expected to produce jobs cuts on top of the bidget cuts.

    Read more, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 March 2013 "Education verdict could be better"

    Lesson from the UK, BOF take note
    "Whitehall departments and local authorities hit by years of belt-tightening are re-hiring staff to fill gaps left by over-zealous redundancy schemes, according to a jobs report published on Tuesday.
    Such is the hiring spree that public sector organisations are predicted to outpace the private sector in the next few months."

    Read more, The Guardian, Tuesday 12 March 2013 "Public sector rehiring begins after 'over-firing' in redundancy schemes"

    Treasury updates Labour Expenses Cap
    Commencing in 2012-13, all general government agencies and selected public trading enterprises were required to manage their budget and forward estimates within a Labour Expense Cap. The cap sets the maximum agencies can incur in any year on employee related and contractor expenses. Note that the 2013 update excludes consultants from the cap and makes other changes.

    Labour Expense Cap, 2012 "Treasury Circular 12/14 Budget Controls"

    Labour Expense Cap updated 2013"Treasury Circular 13/03 Budget Controls"

    MCC IR Rally Protesters at the MCG

    Labor must end WorkChoices
    Around the nation hundreds of thousands of workers rallied and voted to end WorkChoices but much of it remains intact. Indeed the restrictive unfair dismissals legislation will have been operating longer under Labor than the Coalition. It is important that unions like the PSA don't rely on just voting in Labor government's and hoping for the best. Members are our real strength so we also need an independent industrial strategy. Bad laws are bad laws whether they exist under the Coalition or Labor. Unions leaders must not subordinate the rights and interests of their members to the electoral fortunes of the ALP. The Progressive PSA draws delegates and active members from diverse backgrounds including Labor, Greens and non-aligned. We work for an independent and active labour movement, better and more equitable pay, job security, union democracy and sustainable jobs in a sustainable environment. Your rights at work depend on it.

    The Progressive PSA brings together rank and file trade union activists in the Public
    Service Association of NSW and the CPSU (SPSF Branch). We work for:
  • greater job security
  • improved and more equitable pay
  • sustainable jobs in a sustainable environment
  • a democratic and strong union

    This is not an official PSA publication

  • Voting papers for the Public Service Association 2016 elections for Central Council and the Executive will be sent to your home from 12 September 2016 from the NSW Electoral Commission.

    Lost or spoiled ballots
    Verbal or written request for replacement ballot papers which have been lost or spoiled must be received by the SEC Returning Officer by 5.00pm, Wednesday 12 October 2016 to allow return of replacement ballot papers and receipt by the SEC Returning Officer by the close of poll date 12.00noon, Monday 17 October 2016.
    Phone: 1300 135 736 – a dedicated reception area will handle the PSA election related calls.

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