Community service workers take industrial action on staffing

DOCS workers in Penrith and St Marys stopped work for one hour over staff shortages on Tuesday.
Nanjing Night Net

About 20 workers in each office attended union meetings addressed by state Public Service Association assistant general secretary Steve Turner.

The action followed a stop-work by DOCS staff in Wollongong last week, after the death of a child known to Community Services.

Mr Turner said there were too few workers to follow cases when children were at risk.

“Community service workers have been asking about this for a long time,” he said.

He said Community Services Minister Pru Goward had promised to fill vacancies, but instead imposed a recruitment freeze.

State Public Service Association general secretary John Cahill said: “The government has placed workers across the state in a position where they do not have the resources to follow up children assessed as being at risk.”

Ms Goward said St Marys Community Services now had two more caseworkers than in June, 2010, under Labor.

“I have been advised that Penrith Community Services has three more than it did in June, 2010 under Labor,” she said. “State Labor and the PSA know this.”

The minister also said imposing work bans endangered the children the union claimed to be worried about.

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