Bathurst disability services workers rally against privatisation

THE privatisation of the state’s disability services would put at risk the work conditions of about 14,000 public service employees across the state, a rally in Bathurst on Tuesday has heard.

Around 30 Public Service Association members took part in the rally at Bathurst, coinciding with other rallies across the state including protests in Sydney and Dubbo.

Regional organiser Belinda Pearce said the NSW Government was planning to privatise disability services as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout, a move that would leave some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens with no government safety net.

“We’re the only state in Australia doing that,” Ms Pearce said.

“It also means 14,000 highly skilled and very passionate workers would have no choice but to go across to the new scheme with no guarantee about their work conditions.”

Chanting PSA members waving banners and placards marched to Bathurst MP Paul Toole’s Howick Street office following the rally.