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Friday Wrap: Our week in review
CPSU Member needs help to save his daughter
Her dad Frank Bishop is a long term CPSU Member, loves his daughter like any father does, and is fighting for her life.
Frank is a down to earth guy. He helps others. As a Parks & Wildlife employee he worked on the recent fires in our state. Frank doesn’t ask for help much but he is now. You see right now Katrell is having trouble moving, eating and even seeing. The 35-year-old has a rare disease Chiari Malformation coupled with spinal diseases.
Please read more about Katrell’s condition and Frank’s fundraising effort and see how you can help here.
OUR FIRST Delegate Training of the year kicked off in Hobart this week. Held at the CPSU Office on yesterday and today, we saw workplace reps from a range of professions and agencies come together to hone their skills in this important role.
One of the units of this Delegate Primer was how to build power in the workplace.
Stop the Public Housing Transfer petition
IN MARCH the Tasmanian Government passed a Bill allowing it to hand over the titles of 4000 public housing properties to non-government providers. After just 5 years these properties can be sold to private investors who would not be required to provide housing to those in need.
Sign the petition here.
Tas schools to lose $1M in Gonski funding: Jeremy Rockliff
From the Mercury: TASMANIA’S education system will take a $100 million funding hit if the last two years of Gonski money is lost, the State Government has told a Senate inquiry.
Australian Education Union Tasmania branch president Helen Richardson said “the State Government admits that Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to stop Gonski will entrench disadvantage for generations of Tasmanians by denying them the support they need at school for a great education”.
Ms Richardson told the ABC that “if we don’t get the extra funding that brings in extra teachers, literacy support, numeracy support, social workers, speech pathologists, teachers aids, our kids won’t have the chance to get the best education possible”.
Read more in the links below.
Allied Health Professional meetings
CPSU & HACSU Allied Health Professionals came together today after a decision that there’ll be no AHP Executive Director to lead staff, with the position to go to a nurse.
AHPs are a crucial part of our health system and they deserve their own representative at the decision making table – a nurse can’t be your voice. CPSU and HACSU have been discussing getting this decision overturned but it seems Tasmanian Health Service CEO David Alcorn has made up his mind.
Who are AHPs? They work in a range of positions: They’re Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Scientists and work across many more professions that help Tasmanians from all walks of life.