Disability workers vote for work bans

Public Service Association members protesting outside Panthers Newcastle over the privatisation of disability services as part of the NDIS.
Public Service Association members protesting outside Panthers Newcastle over the privatisation of disability services as part of the NDIS.

A meeting of about 30 disability sector workers belonging to the Public Service Association last night voted for work bans on NDIS paperwork and stated their lack of confidence in disability services minister John Ajaka.

The PSA members met at Panthers Newcastle to formulate their response to the government’s plan to transfer NSW government run disability services to the private sector.

They held a short rally outside the club before joining a larger nurses’ association forum inside.

Union organiser Paul James said the welfare of the people his members worked with was a priority but the government’s plans forced people into jobs they had no say in.

A combined unions body was talking to the government about protecting superannuation, pay rates and leave entitlements, which many feared were under threat in the move to the private sector.

Mr James said that despite Mr Ajaka’s faith in the not for profit sector, anecdotal evidence showed the NDIS rollout in Newcastle was losing its way.

He said the members voted for a ban on NDIS paperwork until their existing work conditions were guaranteed under the transfer.