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:
  • greater job security
  • improved and more equitable pay
  • sustainable jobs in a sustainable environment
  • a democratic and strong union
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    PPSA Guessing Competition


  • First prize: Apple iPad2 RRP $429.00
  • Second prize: Laser facial treatment valued at $300
  • Third prize: Myers voucher to value of $100
  • Fourth prize: soya candle gift set valued at $50

    The Guessing Competition will be drawn on 28 September 2012.
    Contact other PPSA supporters in your work area here.

    PPSA dinner

    We are holding another of our successful "Dinner at the Apprentice" evenings. Come along and support two good causes in one event. You will have the satisfaction of supporting public education in TAFE (which runs the restaurant) as well as making a donation to the PPSA's 2012 election fund drive - and enjoy great company as a bonus. The Apprentice becomes booked out early so RSVP ASAP!
    Included is a four course dinner plus 2 drinks per person. Set menu. Inexpensive extra drinks are available from an excellent selection of wines, beer, spirits and soft drinks. Special diets can be catered for if sufficient notice is given.

    6:30pm - 9pm Friday, 14 September, 2012. A four course dinner for $50pp (2 drinks included, extra inexpensive drinks available). Cost includes a $10 donation to the PPSA election fund.
    STOP PRESS: DINNER NOW FULLY BOOKED

    PPSA picnic at historic Cockatoo Island

    Another great picnic at Cockatoo Island has been organised for Sunday 14th November 2010. Assemble at Wharf 5 Circular Quay at 9:30am
    Cost:$30 adults/Children $15

    This Progressive PSA event will include a BBQ and unionist’s talk about the Island's industrial history. Cockatoo Island’s history predates colonial times and covers a strong industrial union story as well.

    The PPSA charge of $30 (collected on the day) includes the return ferry fare and BBQ. Please inform of any special dietary requirments. Max Callaghan who worked on Cockatoo Island for many years, was a shop committee delegate there, will host a talk about the industrial story of Cockatoo Island. Soft drink and juice will be supplied. BYO alcohol is not allowed, beer and wine is available at the island cafe. BBQ facilities overlook the water.
    It is essential to contact Lindsay Hawkins for a booking:
    Mobile: : 0428735731
    Email: Lindsay Hawkins

    On Sunday 14th November the ferry leaves Wharf 5 Circular Quay at 9:50am, please assemble at 9.30. The next ferry leaves at 10.45. Ferries leave the island back to Circular Quay at 1.53, 2.53, 2.55, 3.54 and so on. We will aim to leave for the ferry back to Circular Quay by 2:45pm but leaving earlier or staying later is up to you.

    Sydney Ferries Cockatoo Island Timetable is here.

    PPSA dinner

    Following from the previously successful fundraiser dinner at the TAFE Apprentice restaurant last year another has been organised for Friday, 27 August, 2010, at 6:30pm. A four course dinner for $37 (drinks extra). It is essential to contact Leon Parissi for a booking:
    Mobile: : 0419 493 421
    Email: Leon Parissi

    PPSA picnic and tour of historic Cockatoo Island

    Following from the previously successful fundraiser picnic at Cockatoo Island in November last year another has been organised for Sunday, 7th March, 2010. Assemble at Wharf 5 Circular Quay at 9:30am
    Cost:$30 adults/Children $15

    This Progressive PSA event will include a BBQ and unionist’s tour of the Island. Cockatoo Island’s history goes back to early colonial times and covers a strong industrial union story as well.

    The PPSA charge of $30 (collected on the day) includes the return ferry fare and BBQ. Please inform of any special dietary requirments. Max Callaghan who worked on Cockatoo Island for many years, was a CPA member and union delegate there, will describe some of the work carried out on the island and its industrial history. Soft drink and juice will be supplied. BYO alcohol is not allowed, beer and wine is available at the island cafe. BBQ facilities overlook the water.
    It is essential to contact Lindsay Hawkins for a booking:
    Mobile: : 0428735731
    Email: Lindsay Hawkins

    On Sunday 7th March the ferry leaves Wharf 5 Circular Quay at 10am, please assemble at 9.30. The next ferry leaves at 10.45. Ferries leave the island back to Circular Quay at 1.52, 2.15, 2.52, 3.15 and so on. We will aim to leave for the ferry back to Circular Quay by 3pm but leaving earlier or staying later is up to you.

    Sydney Ferries Cockatoo Island Timetable is here.

    Newcastle dinner


    Where: Chinois Chinese Restaurant, 326 King Street, Newcastle (Near Auckland St)
    Cost: $30.00 (Banquet meal - see it below), pay for own drinks, restaurant licensed.
    When: Thursday 30th October 2008 at 6.30pm
    Who: PSA members/delegates and friends and partners.


    Banquet
    Mixed Entree: Prawn toast, fried dim sim and spring roll with sweet and sour sauce
    Main Meal: Fried Spicy Squid, King Prawns with satay sauce, sweet and sour pork, beef with black bean sauce, garlic chicken, Mongolian lamb, fried rice and steamed rice and coffee or Chinese tea.
    Some Dietary changes can be made, but advance notice is required.

    Next month, November, there will be an election for the Executive Positions and Central Council for your union, the Public Service Association of NSW.
    Come and chat to your local Progressive PSA nominees. We want to make members the focus of our union. How can we do this? Come and ask us at the dinner. Why are the current Executive of the union worried enough to change the voting system for executive positions without consulting the membership? We recently received a 4% pay rise. This is not fully funded by treasury. What trade offs have the current executive agreed to for us to receive the additional 1.5%.

    Contact:
    Margaret McLoughlin Mobile. 0413 345994
    Jeffrey Walters Mobile: 0411 425339
    Stephen O'Brien Mobile: 0409 878485
    Heather Jackson Mobile: 0439499028

    PPSA Guessing Competition


    First prize: HP Photo printer RRP $349.00 was won by Judy Mundey
    Second prize: Voucher to value of $100 was won by Stephen Poole
    Third prize: voucher to value of $50 was won by Pam Hawkins

    The Guessing Competition was drawn on 10 November 2008.
    Contact other PPSA supporters in your work area here.

    Progressives Cocktail/Mocktail Campaign Launch
    A great night was had by all at the Progressive PSA's 2008 election campaign launch. A big thanks to all those who attended and to Anne Gardiner and family for hosting the event.
    Flopsy is tempted by a stray cocktail. The next morning she declared that her industrial negotiation skills were impaired and her mouth felt furrier than her front paws
    Anne Gardiner's rabbit Flopsy snuck her way into a free cocktail. The next morning she declared "My head feels all furry. The whole night was a bit of a blurr. I couldn't remember if I was Flopsy, Mopsy or a PSA official negotiating the displaced employees policy. I swear I'll never drink again!" We are considering whether to break it to her that she consumed a mocktail.

    Email: ppsa@progressivepsa.org

    Are you concerned that the recent PSA Rules changes will lead to a less democratic and "party political" union? Only a strong win by a 'reform ticket' in the 2008 PSA elections can change this. If you are unable to come to our fund raisers then consider a donation to our 2008 PSA election campaign fund. We need your financial support to reform the PSA. Together we can reclaim our union.

    Direct deposit details [Include your name in notes field]:
    Account name: PPSA,
    BSB: 802 396
    account number: 1051780
    with: Unicom Credit Union or,

    Cheque to "PPSA"
    P.O. Box 202 Broadway NSW 2007

    PPSA Guessing Competition: Fab prizes
    And the winners are......


    Mohinda Singh, Anti Discrimination Board, First prize: $150 DJs or Myers voucher
    Jane O’Brien, TAFE, Second prize: Movie vouchers to value of $100
    Ian Tuit, WorkCover, Third prize: JB Hi-Fi voucher to value of $50

    The Guessing Competition was drawn at the PSA Annual Conference PPSA lunch 29 May 2008.
    Contact:
    Paul Petersen (02) 9228 3929
    Leon Parissi (02) 9217 3289
    Contact other PPSA supporters in your work area here.
    Email: ppsa@progressivepsa.org

    Are you concerned that the recent PSA Rules changes will lead to a less democratic and "party political" union? Only a strong win by a reform ticket in the 2008 PSA elections can change this. If you are unable to come to our fund raisers then consider a donation to our 2008 PSA election campaign fund. We need your financial support to reform the PSA. Together we can reclaim our union.

    Direct deposit details [Include your name in notes field]:
    Account name: PPSA,
    BSB: 802 396
    account number: 1051780
    with: Unicom Credit Union or,

    Cheque to "PPSA"
    P.O. Box 202 Broadway NSW 2007

    TRIVIA QUIZ FUN NIGHT

    Friday 28 March 2008
    6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
    280 Pitt Street SYDNEY.

    Supper/tea/coffee included. Drinks available.
    $30 special election year supporters price
    $25 others.
    $5 kids.

    Limited seats available, book now!
    Pre-pay if possible. Please email confirmation of booking or payment or call us.


    Contact:
    Paul Petersen (02) 9228 3929
    Leon Parissi (02) 9217 3289
    Contact other PPSA supporters in your work area here.
    Email: ppsa@progressivepsa.org

    Are you concerned that the recent PSA Rules changes will lead to a less democratic and "party political" union? Only a strong win by a 'reform ticket' in the 2008 PSA elections can change this. If you are unable to come to our fund raisers then consider a donation to our 2008 PSA election campaign fund. We need your financial support to reform the PSA. Together we can reclaim our union.

    Direct deposit details [Include your name in notes field]:
    Account name: PPSA,
    BSB: 802 396
    account number: 1051780
    with: Unicom Credit Union or,

    Cheque to "PPSA"
    P.O. Box 202 Broadway NSW 2007

    VIEW A MAP FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE TRIVIA NIGHT HERE.

    Book Now to secure a place
    Progressive PSA fund raising film night
    War on Democracy
    John Pilger
    John Pilger’s new film

    Friday 28 September 2007

    $20:00 a ticket; children U/15 $10 ; Ticket price includes entry for ‘lucky door prize’, $25 Myers voucher.
    Meet from 5:30pm to collect tickets, meet up, chat. The Dendy has a bar. There is a café & snack bar.
    Screening time TBA [aprox 6:30pm].

    Dendy Cinema, 261-263 King Street Newtown.
    Catch any of the 420 busses from the city or walk a short distance back from Newtown Station.

    Limited free undercover parking!
    Convenient undercover parking is available for Dendy Newtown patrons. Simply enter via Lennox Street and remember to submit your registration number at the box office with your ticket. Also nearby off street parking via Church Street.

    Contact:
    Paul Petersen (02) 9228 3929
    Leon Parissi (02) 9217 3289
    Contact other PPSA supporters in your work area here.
    Email: ppsa@progressivepsa.org


    Pre-payment required. Please email confirmation of payment or call us.

    Direct deposit details [Include your name in notes field]:
    Account name: PPSA,
    BSB: 802 396
    account number: 1051780
    with: Unicom Credit Union or,

    Cheque to "PPSA"
    P.O. Box 202 Broadway NSW 2007

    War On Democracy (M) 94 mins A film by John Pilger
    "In his second inauguration address, President Bush pledged to 'bring democracy to the world'. In his speech he mentioned the words 'democracy' and 'liberty' 21 times. Most of the world, it is fair to say, will have recoiled, many in fear. Bush's speech was significant because it finally stripped noble concepts like 'democracy' of their true meaning – government, for, by and of the people.

    Pilger filmed in the US, where he conducted illuminating and shocking interviews with a number of renegade CIA agents who took part in secret campaigns against democratic countries.

    He investigated, through undercover filming, the 'School of Americas' in Georgia, USA. General Pinochet's torture squads were trained in this secretive place, along with tyrants and death-squad leaders of Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina, indeed every Latin American country where democracy was annihilated by the graduates of this 'school' where torture classes were held…the blueprints for Guantanamo Bay.

    Pilger conducts an exclusive interview with Venezuela's outspoken president, Hugo Chavez, the only leader of an oil-producing nation using its resources for the education and health of ordinary people." [Dendy]

    7 September
    Its nice to get an extra public holiday but there is more to APEC than that.

    What is APEC?
    For an alternative view on the APEC meeting go to any of the events listed below many of which are supported by the union movement and other social justice organisations.
    The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meet in Sydney in September 2007. There are 21 heads of government of Pacific Rim economies coming for the meeting.
    "Despite media reports, APEC does not just mean traffic chaos, security threats and silly shirts.
    APEC actually stands for achieving a complete free trade objective in the Asia Pacific region, and also discusses issues like security and terrorism, without serious consideration of human rights or the environment. It will be the most significant meeting Australia has ever hosted."[AFTINET]

    1. Alternative APEC public forum and Conference August 31 and September 1 AFTINET is sponsoring the Asia Pacific People for Environment and Community (APPEC) alternative APEC events in Sydney. Please note the venue change for the Public Forum, both events will now be held at Guthrie Theatre, UTS, Design Building (Building 6), Harris Street , near the overhead footbridge. Harris St is off George St, near Railway Square and Central Station.
    Entry to both events is by donation and registration can be done on the AFTINET website www.aftinet.org.au or by calling the AFTINET office (02) 9212 7242.

    2. Sydney Peoples Alternative Rally and Festival Friday, September 7 in Hyde Park North from 11am
    All People for Environment & Community
    Many thousands of people in Sydney do not welcome the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in our city. Their alternative view will be expressed at a colourful festival to be held on Friday, September 7 in Hyde Park North from 11am to 2pm.
    Bands include: Men from UNCLE; Bolivarian Band and Korean drummers.
    Organised by: All People for Environment & Community: Anti-Bases Campaign;
    Contact: Peter Murphy 0418 312 301. Jane Brock 0410 453 459.
    Email: pmurphy@search.org.au

    3. STOP BUSH: APEC PROTEST RALLY, SEPT 8
    RALLY AT SYDNEY TOWN HALL, SYDNEY
    10AM SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8 2007
    http://www.stopwarcoalition.org/
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    Keating the musical
    A big thanks to everyone who joined us for this award winning show. You will never look at Alexander Downer or John Howard the same way again.

    Farewell to Delegate Eryl Brady and Trivia Quiz Night
    In March 07 we farewelled long time delegate and fighter for equity Eryl Brady. Eryl retired after many years working as a delegate at the University of NSW. Eryl and family celebrated with a play off win against competing trivia junkies. A big thanks to all those who contributed on the night.


    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

  • 2012 is a PSA and CPSU/SPSF election year.
    It brings supporters of union reform another chance to change the PSA leadership. The Progressive PSA candidates will be announced on 27 September. Voting begins on 11 October.
    It costs many thousands to print and post a 'how to vote' to members. Unlike other groups we rely only on the financial support of ordinary members like you. To donate to the PPSA election fund click here.
    If you'd like a Progressive PSA supporter to attend a meeting in your workplace or you would like to support our campaign - please email us at ppsa@progressivepsa.org

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