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Workers at large community nursing and homecare provider on strike

Members of the Public Service Association have gone out on a week-long strike to protest “a decade of erosion of their pay rates,” says Kerry Davies, PSA national secretary. The Nurse Maude Care Coordination in Porirua and the Hutt Valley, where they work, is managed by a nonprofit, “The situation for administrators is so dire that many of them are on pay levels below the Living Wage. Their colleagues are standing together to fight for the recognition and pay they deserve,” says Davies.

Source: The New Zealand Public Service Association - Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi

Contract won't be renewed for privately-run maximum security prison

After a devastating parliamentary inquiry into GEO Group’s operation of the scandal-plagued Parklea prison, the New South Wales government says GEO’s contract will be cancelled. The Public Service Association has called on the state government to hand back the prison to public management, but the Daily Mail reports that “the prison management contract will instead be taken over by either G4S, Serco or joint venture partners MTC/Broadspectrum in March 2019.”

Source: Mail Online

The Public Services Association has won their appeal to reduce a court fine

The Public Services Association (PSA) has won their appeal to reduce a court fine for a Valentine’s Day 2017 action to protest the total privatization of disability services in NSW. “The PSA/CPSU NSW is working with other unions on the Change the Rules campaign. (…) We are building a movement to change the rules to bring fairness back to Australia. Working people need better and stronger rights at work to ensure jobs are secure and our wages are fair.”

Source: psa.asn.au