Don't Kill Bulk Bill

  • 21 April 2016

From 1st July the federal government will take away the fee it pays to the pathology provider that means the pathology test(s) provided to us can be bulk billed.  Pathology tests include blood tests, urine tests, swabs (such as pap smears) and tests on other samples of tissue or body fluids.  At present the federal government pays the provider but once they stop paying, the pathology providers will be forced to ask patients to pay for these tests themselves.  Patients who were previously bulk billed may need to now pay.  For mor

Fair Share Fee Legal says US Supreme Court

  • 4 April 2016

The US Supreme Court announced that it had reached a 4-4 tie in the Friedrichs case that challenged the legality of allowing unions to charge an agency or fair share fee to non-members. The tie upholds a lower court decision that recognizes the constitutionality of the agency fee system, but does not prevent similar cases from making their way through the federal courts in the coming years.  In issuing a 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v.

Jobs Exodus Fear Follow PS Pay Cap

  • 29 February 2016

Fears of a massive jobs exodus from the west could be realised with a planned 'real cut' to wages as the Barnett Government in Western Australia imposes a 1.5%-a-year wages cap for agreements replacing those expiring after June 1 this year.  The Government says the cap is "consistent" with State Treasury's CPI forecast for 2015-2016 however UnionsWA secretary Meredith Hammat said the Government's forecast is for a 2% increase in the CPI for 2016-17, "so

The Cost of Commissioning: Report

  • 26 February 2016

The Research Report on the Proposed Reforms to Western Australian Prisons Sector by Associate Professor Jane Andrew, Dr Max Baker and Dr Phillip Roberts from the University of Sydney is now available.  This research report emerges from a larger research project, entitled ‘The Costs, Performance, Efficiency and Accountability of Australian Private Prisons’ which examines the effects of prison privatization in different states within Australia, and evaluates the types

Commissioning: the New Privatisation

  • 21 January 2016

The Western Australian government has recently concluded an inquiry into prisons and the recommendations point to an alarming new trend in the management of public prisons called commissioning.  The inquiry was conducted by the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA), which was charged with looking into options to improve the efficiency and performance of WA prisons.


Welcome NZ's New PSA National Secretary

  • 20 January 2016

Congratulations from across the ditch to Glenn Barclay who has been nominated as the new national secretary of New Zealand’s largest union, the Public Service Association (PSA).  Glenn is taking over the role of Richard Wagstaff who has been national secretary for 16 years and is now moving on to his new role as president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.  Glenn will join fellow national secretary Erin Polaczuk to lead the 62,000 strong membership.  Glenn is a familiar face within our region and the Public Services Internati

Grand Alibi's - How Privatisation Shortchanges Services

  • 3 December 2015

The Centre for Policy Development, has produced a new report entitled Grand Alibishow declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged, which asks whether "contracting out improved the public sector's capability to address persistent disadvantage and meet complex needs?"   The report argues that government’s role in designing and delivering integrated, flexible and holistic human services is more important than ever, but that the capabilities it needs to do so are u

Protecting the Public from Predatory Privatisation

  • 3 December 2015
Rosa Pavanelli PSI Secretary with Karen Batt

As a result of the global attacks on Government provision of services and infrastructure, the Public Services International, the global Union Federation of public service unions, called a meeting of all major affiliates across the world, which was held at the AFSCME Offices (US Public Sector Union) in Washington DC in early December 2015.  For the last two days public services' union leaders from across the globe and policy leaders from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S.