|Issue No 60||30 June 2000|
NSW School Staff Ban GST Work
Public Service Association members in Government School staff have banned all GST work because of the Government's paltry offer of financial assistance to cover the huge extra workload and responsibilities inflicted by the GST.
Administrative staff in schools have to manage large and complex budgets. Many schools have an annual turnover well in excess of $1 million. Administrative Staff will have to tread the minefield of multifarious GST rulings for the education sector.
The Department of Education says that "the correct interpretation of procedures and requirements by school staff is essential to ensure the accounting treatment of financial transactions is appropriate in terms of GST requirements".
Yet the Government won't pay for this work. It didn't even upgrade Schools' computer equipment to make ready for the GST.
PSA Acting General Secretary Maurie O'Sullivan said, "For years and years DET has relied on the goodwill of administrative staff to keep schools going. It has never been prepared to pay them for extra work - they just work unpaid overtime.
"The GST is the last straw. Our members in Schools are outraged that a Government, which is prepared to bail out SOCOG to the tune of $140 million, will only eke out a miserly $11.42 a day to help the biggest schools cope with the GST burden."
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