Saturday, June 23, 2018

ABC Ultimo Building Cladding Now Uncomliant

Yesterday the ABC advised all staff that the building cladding used in the ABC’s Ultimo premises is no longer compliant with the current Building Code of Australia (BCA) Fire Safety Standards. As indicated by the ABC, the cladding used in ABC Ultimo was commonly used when the buildings were originally constructed in 1992 and 2002, however as technology and materials change, so too have the standards.

Things you should know immediately are:

The ABC has notified the relevant authority and has received expert advice that it is safe for ABC staff to continue working in the Ultimo building.

The CPSU is satisfied that, at present, the ABC is meeting its WHS obligations to manage risks and consult with staff.

The ABC has confirmed that it will be implementing a broad range of control measures including Fire Safety measures to mitigate risks, and building remediation work to eliminate risk.

The ABC briefed the CPSU, MEAA and ABC Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) around 2pm yesterday afternoon, and all staff shortly thereafter.

All documentation that has been provided to the CPSU by the ABC is available to members on request.
Our role in making sure the ABC is a safe place to work

HSRs are central to good health and safety systems, and union HSRs have access to additional resources in performing this important role. The CPSU will be convening a meeting for our Ultimo Health and Safety Representatives next week. Details will be sent out shortly.

All ABC staff and external parties who work in the premises have an obligation to follow all reasonable instructions issues by the ABC in relation to WHS. A key body of work the ABC is undertaking concerns the safe use of electrical equipment. The CPSU urges all members to please follow these instructions and report any concerns to your immediate supervisor or in the ABC’s online incident reporting.

For more information please call your local CPSU organiser or call 1300 137 636.

This week a parliamentary inquiry into WestCONnex was announced. Thanks to all of you who have signed our petition, the hard work of Jenny Leong, and the NSW upper house MP's who supported it. Submissions to the inquiry are open until 31 August 2018. Of course this is no silver bullet, but it's another important step along the way to our ultimate goal to stop westCONnex completely and get the public and active transport solutions Sydney really needs.

As the numbers in parliament reached a majority, Luke Foley then announced that if elected in 2019, a Labor government would hold a judicial inquiry into WestCONnex. This is also very welcomed but falls short of the community's expectation. Internally, the Inner West Labor Environment Action Network drafted a strong motion for the upcoming state Labor conference that was unacceptably watered down before reaching the conference papers (see p70). This is despite 1200 emails to Luke Foley asking for a commitment to stop stage 3 and the privatisation. Emails have also been sent to all the key state Labor MPs and 'Local Labor Against WestCONnex' councillors asking for their support.

Join us outside the NSW State Labor Conference at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday June 30th at 10am for a peaceful gathering. We will be handing out a leaflet calling on delegates to amend the policy platform to commit to halt WestCONnex, reverse privatisation and establish a Royal Commission into transport planning in NSW. Strong statements now could land a decisive blow to the impending sale of Sydney Motorway Corporation. Such actions do not come without costs, but the risks are not nearly as great as going ahead with the major disaster that is WestCONnex.

What: Stop WestCONnex action at NSW Labor State Conference
Where: Sydney Town Hall steps
When: Saturday June 30th, 10-11am

In the meantime, the DoGooder petition to Luke Foley has been updated, so please use it to send another email. See you next Saturday. If you can't make it but would still like to help with costs, please make a donation here. We greatly appreciate your support.

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ANMF announces new Federal Executive positions

Tuesday 19th June, 2018

The country’s largest union, the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Annie Butler as its new Federal Secretary.

Ms Butler replaces Ms Lee Thomas, who stepped-down from the role, in December, 2017.

The appointment of Ms Butler was resolved at an extraordinary meeting of the ANMF’s Federal Executive in Melbourne yesterday.

The Federal Executive appointed Ms Lori-Anne Sharp as the ANMF’s new Assistant Federal Secretary.

Mr James Lloyd, the President of the ANMF Tasmanian Branch, was appointed ANMF Federal Vice President, replacing Ms Sharp in that role.

Ms Butler, Ms Sharp and Mr Lloyd join the ANMF’s Federal President Sally-Anne Jones as Federal Executive Officers of the union.

The ANMF wishes to thank Ms Thomas for her commitment and dedication to the union and its growing membership, having served as Federal Secretary for eight years.

The ANMF, with over 268,500 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

ANMF media inquiries: Richard Lenarduzzi – 0411 254 390

Friday, June 22, 2018

NSWTF – NSW Government ‘efficiency dividend’ cuts will hurt schools and students

June 21, 2018

The NSW Teachers Federation is deeply concerned that the Berejiklian Government’s annual ‘efficiency dividend’ will hurt our schools and students as each year it rips hundreds of millions of dollars out of the Education Department’s budget.

Originally set at 1.5 per cent, the annual budget cut for all State Government departments rose to 2 per cent last financial year and is now being increased to an unsustainable 3 per cent.

  • “The Education Department has already been gutted and hundreds of positions that once supported schools have been lost because of this so- called ‘efficiency dividend’,” Federation President, Maurie Mulheron, said.
  • “This year’s 3 per cent cut could slice up to $420 million dollars from the Education Department’s budget.”
  • “That’s $420 million that should have been going to assist schools delivering a better education for the students of NSW.”

Mr Mulheron said the mandated cuts would mean a significant loss of capacity in the Education Department to provide any support for schools.

  • “Before the Coalition began cutting staff from the Education Department there were experienced teacher-consultants deployed across the state to assist schools to manage a range of issues including children with challenging behaviours, community and parent liaison, drug and alcohol education, student welfare, multicultural education and anti-bullying strategies. As well, there were curriculum experts working in specific subject areas.”
  • “This ‘efficiency dividend’, marketed as ‘Local Schools Local Decisions’, has resulted in state-wide programs and front-line support either being scrapped or the additional responsibilities placed on already over-burdened schools.”
  • “As well, hundreds of public service positions have disappeared from payroll, staffing, assets, leave and other Department branches, with that work now also forced down onto schools.”
  • “The loss of these positions will mean that principals and teachers will be forced to pick up this administrative work and this will take away time from teaching and learning.”
  • “Efficiency dividend? There’s nothing efficient about forcing 2200 schools to do the work of the Department. And State Treasury, not students, receives the dividend.”