Threat to future long service leave defeated
"The New South Wales government’s attempt to cut back long-service leave entitlements for new public sector recruits was quickly blocked by the state’s upper house last week following a backlash from unions."
- The Mandarin
After intense lobbying by PANSW at Parliament on behalf of members, the extremely negative move to rip away current entitlements from new officers who commence service on or after the 1 July 2019 by 40% is now off the table.
The threat to future long service leave entitlements was introduced on the sly alongside the NSW Budget announced on 18 June and was alerted to members by email bulletin.
Your Association is pleased to report that through intense lobbying the changes were defeated by cross-benchers in the Legislative Council two days later - including Members of Parliament from The Greens (who moved the necessary amendment), the Shooters, Fisher and Farmers party, One Nation and the ALP.
Your Association also fought against exclusion of long service leave entitlements from Awards. This was also opposed and defeated.
"Long-serving Police need the dignity of time for the respite, recovery and self-care needed towards their long-term welfare and well-being. Extended leave provides enough genuine time out for them to recharge their batteries, reconnect with families and also look at opportunities to develop allied skills and education. It’s a must-have and should never be traded off. "
- PANSW president Tony King
PANSW's media release on this is available on the public section of the PANSW website here.
PANSW will always protect and fight for the entitlements for current and future police officers.
This defeated move to reduce long service leave highlights the need to have it in the first place – in recognition of the duress of the job year after year, and to reward those who commit to long serving careers of undertaking a challenging job.