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The largest privatisation in NSW history … are you next?

Around 1,000 disability service workers followed the one-day strike, and over 500 participated in a Sydney meeting then marched to the state parliament.The PSA “is working with delegates in ADHC to combat the unfair and unjust transfer package, and almost useless protections unilaterally forced upon our members. We must continue to fight for the protection of jobs, pay, conditions and a government safety net for people with disability. We believe the privatization of all government disability services will reduce the quality and availability of care and lead to increases in cost for people in supported accommodation. It is imperative the Government remains a provider of disability services to ensure no-one is left without the care they need.

Source: Public Service Association

Dispute on use of Agency Contractors and Consultants

The Public Service Association has listed a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) against the Department of Justice, Digital and Technology Services (DTS) in relation to the continued use of agency contractors as supervisors. After hearing the parties, the IRC made a number of recommendations, including that “Digital and Technology Services is to review its current supervisory arrangements, to ensure that contingent workers (contractors) and consultants are not supervising public service employees.” The PSA says it “will ensure that the Department of Justice complies with these recommendations. The PSA also invites member feedback if these recommendations are being breached. The PSA is also having ongoing discussions with the Department of Justice about recruitment of public sector employees to ongoing roles, as opposed to use of Agency Contractors, as part of its wider Labour Hire Campaign.”

Source: Public Service Association

Unions are battling the privatization of New South Wales disability services

Unions are battling the privatization of New South Wales disability services. A forum was hosted by the Public Service Association and the Community and Public Sector Union. “PSA industrial officer Kris Cruden said all other states except NSW were retaining some sort of disability services, but everything in NSW would disappear at the end of June 2018. Ms. Cruden said the Newcastle forum was planned as the first of a series around the state. The forum heard some people, especially those with persuasive advocates, had done well out of the NDIS, but PSA president Kylie McKelvie said a recent ABC 7.30 report about a profoundly disabled Victorian man ending up in prison showed what was happening when things go wrong.”

Source: Newcastle Herald

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The government has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little reports that the latest figures show the government as led by O’Farrell, Baird and now Berejiklian “has privatized $50 billion in public sector assets in a little over six years. This is compared to $6 billion over 16 years under Labor” (p. 10). Speaking of the privatized train-to-airport system, Little also points to media reports saying it “costs you more than $17 each way; $13.50 of that goes straight to the private consortium; money that could go to child protection, Disability Services, the environment or justice system” (p. 11).

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