All the latest news and views from the CPSU team
Friday wrap: Your week in review
New, improved offer for Member vote
LATE last week your union team received a second improved offer from the Hodgman Government. In October over 500 CPSU Members took part in meetings across our state and 94% of you voted to reject the government’s ultimatum.
Your action is what forced Hodgman to negotiate and to genuinely bargain … and it’s your action that’s seen an improved package finalised for your vote.
This offer has been considered by our Bargaining Reference Groups, made up of your Workplace Delegates and active Members in Launceston, Burnie and Hobart, and these groups unanimously recommended that Members vote to accept this new offer.
WHAT WE’VE WON
• No cuts to existing conditions
• Significant improvements to Maternity Leave from 12 to 14 weeks, Partner Leave from 1 day to 1 week, Night Shift Loading from 16% to 22% and 10 days Compassionate Leave
• A two year deal that will deliver above CPI increases: 2% for most classifications but up to 2.8% for lower paid employees (Band 2 and below)
• Novated leases for all public sector employees
• Payment of Working with Vulnerable People registration where required
As a Member-led union the decision to accept or reject the government’s offer is yours. The ballot will open on December 6 and will close on December 20, so check your emails next Tuesday for the ballot invitation so you can have your say.
Are you a new mum?
RIGHT now the Turnbull Government is considering new legislation that attempts to remove or limit access to the Federal Paid Parental Leave Scheme for all employees who have access to this leave through their employer.
If passed this will see Tasmanian public sector employees lose up to 14 weeks of paid time to be at home with their new baby. This change will disproportionately affect public sector women and the conditions we’ve built, as a union, over generations.
Paid time at home with children in the first year is very important for children, families, our communities and our workplaces.
The changes have been referred to a Senate Committee for review and it wants to hear from affected mums and parents.
If you’re a new mum and have used both your employer-paid entitlement and the federal scheme we want to hear your story. It can be confidential and it will make a difference.
To tell your story please contact the CPSU’s Thirza White firstname.lastname@example.org by December 8.
CPSU Christmas drinks
A big thanks to all our Members and Delegates who attended Wednesday’s Christmas Drinks & Long Term Member celebration.
Also a big congratulations to our CPSU Members & Delegates who we recognised for their long-term contribution to the CPSU.
It was great to reflect on the busy 2016 we’ve shared together.