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General secretary of Public Service Association: "the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis"

Stewart Little, the general secretary of Public Service Association, says the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis, with violence against staff spiking and inadequate care. “The relentless cuts and outsourcing of public services mean that opportunities for intervention with these kids are consistently missed David Tune's independent report on child protection, which the government kept secret for 18 months, revealed a system in failure. Of the $1.86 billion the state spent on vulnerable families, $960 million, half, is spent on outsourced, privately provided out-of-home care. It costs nearly double to put a kid in an NGO-run home rather than a Family and Community Services (FACS) -managed service. The erosion of funding for FACS means it is now a crisis-driven system. Case workers are operating in survival mode, unable to deliver long-term outcomes for anyone.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

The PSA has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices

The Public Service Association of New South Wales has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices recommended by private consultants. “This is yet another case of the State Government getting it wrong by engaging private sector consultants instead of seeking the advice of the experts in the public sector—in this case highly experienced professionals dedicated to child protection. We urge Family and Community Services (FACS) to enter into genuine and meaningful consultation so that caseworkers can get and on and do their jobs without being subjected to inhumane and intrusive changes in their workplace.”

Source: Public Service Association

"Save The State. Change The Government"

The Public Service Association of New South Wales declares “Save the State. Change the Government.” PSA says “the public sector has suffered under eight years of Coalition Government and its agenda to reduce the services we provide to the NSW community. This cannot continue.” This has included “$60 billion worth of assets sold off to the private sector. The gifting of government run ageing and disability services has left our most vulnerable without a safety net.”

Source: Public Service Association

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

It's time to return Parklea jail to public hands

Public Service Association general secretary Troy Wright says it's time to return Parklea jail to public hands. “‘If you stay with a private provider it's going to be more of the same with a different name,’ Mr. Wright told AAP on Monday. ‘It has to be returned to the public sector. That is the only provider that could run Parklea Correctional Centre viably, responsibly and safely.’” The GEO Group is currently in the process of having its operation of the scandal-ridden jail terminated.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

'I hope she dies before me': Mother fears privatisation of group homes under NDIS

People are resisting a radical move to privatize government group homes for people with disabilities in New South Wales ahead of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Public Service Association of New South Wales has produced a podcast segment on the issue. See also this ABC report on the fears of one family about the privatization of NSW group homes.

Source: ABC News

The PSA is celebrating its win to keep the New South Wales prison system in public hands

The Public Service Association is celebrating its win to keep the New South Wales prison system in public hands. “‘That a Government hell bent on privatizing everything has decided not to sell off the John Morony prison is an enormous win for public safety in NSW,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little. The PSA has argued that privatization means a lack of transparency and creates breeding grounds for radicalization and fight clubs. ‘The NSW public prison system boasts the best officers in the world who, to their enormous credit, successfully manage a grossly overcrowded system, which houses 13,000 inmates in a situation designed to accommodate 10,000.’” Long-time PSA delegate Nicole Jess has been elected chair of the Prison Officers Vocational Branch (POVB), making her the first woman to head a prison officer union in Australasia.

Source: Public Service Association

PSA has denounced the NSW government’s decision to hand public disability services “to non-Government operators”

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little has denounced the New South Wales government’s decision to hand public disability services “to non-Government operators who will be focused on profits.” The decision “comes as a new report from the Federal Health Department reveals it under estimated by 30,000 the number of people expected to access the [National Disability Insurance Scheme]—leading to a cost blow out of $1 billion. (…) Tens of thousands stand to fall through the cracks destined to land in the state’s hospitals, mental health facilities and even the criminal justice system—areas lacking expertise in specialist disability care.”

Source: Public Service Association

The Turnbull Government’s changes to 457 Visas must stop the NSW Government contracting out vital public services

The Public Service Association (PSA) says “the Turnbull Government’s changes to 457 Visas must stop the NSW Government contracting out vital public services then replacing full time local jobs with ‘temporary’ overseas workers.” PSA General Secretary Stewart Little says “skilled experienced local workers in full time employment are being thrown on the jobs scrapheap by the NSW government through its mass privatization program and replaced by foreign workers on ‘temporary’ visas. Is the revamped system going to stop the NSW government from bringing in more workers on low pay as it did following the privatization of ServiceFirst?”

Source: Public Service Association