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PSA STATEWIDE STOP WORK MEETING ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 8

27 August 2012

The PSA Executive today authorised a stop work meeting of members to brief members on the attacks on wages, jobs and conditions by the O’Farrell Government, on what the PSA is doing and what more we plan to do.

Since coming to office the Government has:

  • imposed a cap on pay rises, including passing legislation limiting the role of the industrial umpire, NSW Industrial Relations Commission. This latter part has been challenged in the High Court by the PSA. The hearing is on September 5.

  • Ordered agencies to cut jobs – 5,000 were ordered in their first budget, and 10,000 jobs in the latest budget (based on a 1.2% cut in labour costs). Cuts across the service are being announced on a regular drip-feed of information.

  • Lodged a claim in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to cut conditions and allowances, some of which will affect all members and others will unfairly impact on groups of members. (see PSA website at http://www.psa.labor.net.au)

  • And today they have told the PSA and the Commission that they will be lodging awards to strip another hundred public sector conditions awards. This will include awards covering other unions as well as the other PSA conditions awards.

We have resisted each attack as it arose and we now want to step up our efforts.

The authorised stop work on October 8 will be from 9.00 am to 1.00pm, and for longer where travel time necessitates.

The main meeting will be at Sydney Town Hall, in the lower town hall, and the address from officials will be webcast to 30-40 other meeting venues around the state.

Members who attend these meetings will be able to vote on a resolution concerning future actions designed to protect jobs, conditions and wage-setting practices.

The PSA Executive has authorised all members covered by State Awards and Agreements to stop work on October 8 and attend a stop work meeting. (Members covered by the federal industrial system are invited but are not being directed to stop work.)

John Cahill
General Secretary

Sue Walsh
President

Contact Details
John Cahill, General Secretary
Ph:  02 9220 0900
psa@psa.asn.au

http://www.psa.labor.net.au/news/1346050442_8206.html

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.

1 Comment on #PSA STATEWIDE STOP WORK MEETING ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 | #NSWpol #AusUnions

  1. David Hunt // August 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm //

    Fantastic news! Its about time action was called to stare down this ogre of a government.

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