Newcastle disability workers rally

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Two hundred Public Service Association (PSA) members were joined by people with disabilities, their relatives, friends and other trade unionists in a protest in Newcastle on November 4, as part of a four-hour strike against the privatisation of disability services.

The Baird government is using the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as a cover to sack 13,000 workers in public disability services and gift state assets to private providers.

PSA General Secretary Anne Gardiner told the rally that the NSW government was carrying out the biggest privatisation in the State's history.

Speakers described how the government's push for privatisation was being carried out regardless of the well-being of residents in group homes and in larger residential care facilities, such as the Stockton centre.

Photo: Steve O'Brien

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