Threats & Challenges in Corrections

  • 14 October 2014

The Corrections industry in Australasia is under intense pressure as competing demands are starting to impact on Government public policy.  The drivers of this pressure can come from media pushing a law and order agenda following community concerns after high profile crimes as well as the private multinational correctional companies.

New Report on TISA: PSI

  • 9 October 2014

Public Services International (PSI) and Our World is not For Sale (OWINFS) have just launched a new report on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).  The report outlines the way the Agreement, the radical extension of GATS, will restrict democratic government’s ability to make laws that protect you.

Open New Trade Agreements to Public Debate

  • 17 September 2014
WASHINGTON (Tuesday 16th September) - Public services unions worldwide are determined to open to public scrutiny a new wave of global trade agreements, which are now being discussed behind closed doors. On the first day of the Public Services International (PSI) Global Trade Summit 2014, union leaders from all over the world discussed with the media the growing concerns about the effects of public service trade policies. “These trade agreements are about far more than trade," says Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of PSI.

Wage Freeze Bill: Debate suspended

  • 5 September 2014
Debate began but was then suspended in the Tasmanian Parliament on the government's controversial Bill to freeze public sector wages and hand decisions around future wages and agreements over to the Treasurer. The Hodgman government seemed to believe opposition parties would roll over and accept the inevitability of the legislation passing the Lower House but instead faced a united, well researched and passionate defence of workers rights from both Labor and Greens members.

Tas Govt's Shocking New Industrial Laws

  • 3 September 2014

THE Tasmanian Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill 2014 (here) was tabled yesterday morning - and it’s nasty.  It will mean the Tasmanian government can: freeze agreed wage increases in all Awards and Agreements regulating employment by the Crown for 12 months from various dates, replace agreed wage increases with yet to be determined increases, amend the Industrial Relations Act 1984 so the Tasmanian Indus

One Term Tasmanian Government

  • 29 August 2014
Bust The Budget Rally, Tasmania, August 2014

At election time political parties not only make commitments to the people of the state they seek to govern but they also make commitments as the employer of public sector workers.  Commitments to honour employment agreements, commitments to bargain in good faith, commitments to protect jobs are commitments that should not be broken.   Recent examples of the behaviours of Liberal/National Governments across Australia show that these commitments are honoured more in the breach.

Let's look at few examples of political lies that damage peoples livelihoods:

Worst Attack on Workers Seen

  • 31 July 2014
W.A. prison workers vote to support Tas PS workers

Support is building right across the country for Tas government workers who are on the receiving end of the worst attack seen in Australia so far. Tasmanian Public Sector workers’ living standards and their wages now, and in the future, are at stake. The Liberal Government have chosen a shameful abuse of legislative powers to override State Service Agreements and Awards.

Performance Pay Undermines PS Independence

  • 18 July 2014

NSW Premier Mike Baird is reported as telling a Sydney conference that he has earmarked performance pay for the public sector should he be re-elected in March 2015, in a move the Public Service Association of NSW (PSA) believes will create inequity and nepotism while further undermining the independence of the public service.  “On the back of the restrictive Senior Officer contracts that are currently being rolled out, whereby employees can be sacked for no stated reason, the move towards performance pay will further undermine the service,” said Acting PSA General Secretary, Steve Turner. 

Tas Government Announces Wage Freeze

  • 14 July 2014

WITH shameless disrespect for its workforce, Tasmania’s new Liberal Government has announced a pay freeze for public sector workers via a strategic leak to a media outlet and an address to Devonport’s business community.  Public sector workers have already agreed to significant wage restraint over the last two rounds of bargaining but despite legally binding Awards and Agreements covering wages and conditions the government has signaled it’ll break those contracts and refuse to uphold its end of the bargain.  “Today’s announcement is a slap in the face for hard working Tasmanians”, CPSU Act