Year In Review

every day we work hard to make things better for all workers. here's what we've been up to recently.

September 2016

This isn’t just for new Delegates. Maybe you’ve never taken part in training before or you’d like to hone your skills, knowledge and confidence in this important Delegate role and share tips with other Delegates in every corner of the public service.   Enrol today! Express your interest: Contact your CPSU Organiser today, or Lauren […]

August 2016

MOST Member-based organisations like the CPSU formally report to Members at an Annual General Meeting. We present our financial reports and tell Members what we have achieved together in the past 12 months.   You’re invited   COME along to our Annual General Meeting and hear about your union’s activity over the last year. It’s […]

May 2016

We’ve seen so much change in the public sector over the past few years, and we need to make sure the people who know our services best (that’s you) are heard. You’re the experts in your fields, so you know what decent services mean and what resources you need to deliver these. You know what […]

April 2016

We’re setting up bargaining reference groups for different regions, occupational groups and similar agencies, so we’ve grouped our Proud to be Public events accordingly. Come along join other workplace leaders so together we can grow and strengthen Members’ influence in your corner of the public sector and so you can build networks with other Delegates. […]
We’re setting up bargaining reference groups for different regions, occupational groups and similar agencies, so we’ve grouped our Proud to be Public events accordingly. Come along join other workplace leaders so together we can grow and strengthen Members’ influence in your corner of the public sector and so you can build networks with other Delegates. […]
We’re setting up bargaining reference groups for different regions, occupational groups and similar agencies, so we’ve grouped our Proud to be Public events accordingly. Come along join other workplace leaders so together we can grow and strengthen Members’ influence in your corner of the public sector and so you can build networks with other Delegates. […]
This isn’t just for new Delegates. Maybe you’ve never taken part in training before or you’d like to hone your skills, knowledge and confidence in this important Delegate role and share tips with other Delegates in every corner of the public service. Enrol today!   Express your interest: Contact your CPSU Organiser today, or Lauren […]

March 2016

JOIN other Hobart Union Members and staff for a pre-Easter catch up, as Unions Tasmania launches the program of activities and awards for this year’s May Day celebrations. Drinks and finger food provided. When: Wednesday March 23, 5-6.30pm. Where: The Waratah Hotel, 272 Murray Street, Hobart Join on Facebook and invite your friends here. RSVP: […]
EVERYONE should be able to live in peace and free from danger. On Sunday March 20, Launceston join in on this walk for justice. Times (Sunday March 20) 1.45pm – Meet at Princes Square 2pm – Walking via Charles and Brisbane Streets to City Park 2.30-3pm – Stories, art, inspiration for justice for refugees We’ll […]
ADD IT TO your diaries: The Unions Tasmania Women’s Committee is holding a family friendly barbecue on March 8 in North Hobart to mark this day. Come together with other union families. There’ll be plenty of activities for children, a BBQ dinner and soft drinks for a gold coin donation. When: 5pm, March 8 Where: Soundy […]
WE KNOW that public services help to improve all of our lives both now and in the future and scientists are critical to evidence based policy. Just one month ago on February 4 the CEO of CSIRO announced the mass axing of 350 scientists, including those who work here in Hobart. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull […]

November 2015

YOU KNOW the value of the work you and your colleagues do for the Tasmanian community. We protect children and support families, build the skills and opportunities for Tasmanians, keep our communities safe and protect Tasmanian exports and industries. The barriers facing our public sector are growing. The government is squeezing the services you provide […]

October 2015

PRIME MINISTER Malcolm Turnbull said we needed to have a conversation about weekend penalty rates. We know that millions of Australians rely on these weekend rates and changing these would mean a sudden pay cut for these people. Sign up to the Save our Weekend campaign here and stay tuned for more campaign updates. Here […]

August 2015

Join with other Tasmanian workers to: Call on the Tasmanian Government to introduce laws to ensure a percentage of all content and jobs on major projects are Tasmanian. Tell Tony Abbott to rip up his Aussie job destroying trade deal with China. FACTS: – The major Government sponsored Parliament Square redevelopment project will bring in […]

March 2015

March 4 Your Rights YOUR CPSU asks you and your colleagues to join these Australian Unions events. Our rights at work are again under attack from big business and the Abbott and Hodgman governments. The time to stand up and fight back is now. Let’s rally together with thousands of our neighbours, workmates, friends and […]
March 4 Your Rights YOUR CPSU asks you and your colleagues to join these Australian Unions events. Our rights at work are again under attack from big business and the Abbott and Hodgman governments. The time to stand up and fight back is now. Let’s rally together with thousands of our neighbours, workmates, friends and […]

November 2014

Public sector unions have approved 2 hour stop work meetings to be conducted around the state on Thursday November 27 2014. These meetings constitute industrial action sanctioned under the rules of your Union. Stop Work action will run from 8:30 – 10:30 am with meetings to be conducted from 9-10. All members whose workplace is […]
Public sector unions have approved 2 hour stop work meetings to be conducted around the state on Thursday November 27 2014. These meetings constitute industrial action sanctioned under the rules of your Union. Stop Work action will run from 8:30 – 10:30 am with meetings to be conducted from 9-10. All members whose workplace is […]
Public sector unions have approved 2 hour stop work meetings to be conducted around the state on Thursday November 27 2014. These meetings constitute industrial action sanctioned under the rules of your Union. Stop Work action will run from 8:30 – 10:30 am with meetings to be conducted from 9-10. All members whose workplace is […]

September 2014

PUBLIC Sector unions are holding a rally  in Launceston on Thursday September 4 at 12.15pm. It is critical that we protect our bargaining system and make it clear that Mr Hodgman’s government has gone way too far in pursuing an ideological agenda that disempowers workers and demonises their unions. You can download flyer below to […]
PUBLIC Sector unions are holding a rally  in Devonport on September 4. It is critical that we protect our bargaining system and make it clear that Mr Hodgman’s government has gone way too far in pursuing an ideological agenda that disempowers workers and demonises their unions. You can download flyer below to distribute and share […]

August 2014

PUBLIC Sector unions are holding a rally  in Hobart on Budget Day, 28 August. It is critical that we protect our bargaining system and make it clear that Mr Hodgman’s government has gone way too far in pursuing an ideological agenda that disempowers workers and demonises their unions. You can download flyer below to distribute […]

April 2014

EACH year on April 28, unions, workers, families and friends observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who’ve suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. You’re invited to come along and join us at the barbecue afterwards.   You’ll find the gardens adjacent to Aurora Stadium and the […]

December 2013

YESTERDAY the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement 2013 was officially registered.  Salary rates were also updated into the relevant awards so wage increases will apply from the start of the next pay period.  Work is underway on an application to amend the Awards to include other changes agreed as part of this round of negotiations […]

November 2013

The Public Sector Union Wages Agreement (PSUWA) for 2013 is out for ballot and closes Wednesday 20 November at 4pm. While the PSUWA provides a foundation of conditions for thousands of State Sector workers, many groups have their own Agreements on wages and specific conditions yet to negotiate.  The negotiations are all at different stages […]
THE CPSU is pleased to report that today the Premier Lara Giddings has tabled in the House of Assembly a Bill to amend Section 47 of the State Service Act 2000.  The effect of the amendment will be to return the Bill to what existed prior to the changes that were made in 2011 i.e. the […]

October 2013

WE CAUGHT up with the CPSU SPSF group’s Senior Legal Officer Mark Perica, while he was visiting Tasmania to work on the Federal rules. Mark talked to us about what his role involved, his history in the union movement and trends he was seeing across the board in public sector around Australia. “I’m employed by […]
EARLIER this month the CPSU’s James Roberts and representatives from other unions lodged an application to vary travel and meal allowances in the Tasmanian State Service Award. This week the Tasmanian Industrial Commission accepted these changes, which came into force on October 15. This means the allowances are matched up with what the Australian Tax […]
THANKS  to the hard work and dedication of CPSU Members at the TFS, Delegates and the Work Organising Committee, these Members can now celebrate winning time for time or appropriate overtime rates for work related activities performed out of hours. This means TFS Members will no longer have to volunteer their time and receive their […]

August 2013

30th

AGM

COME to our AGM is on this Friday and see what’s been happening in your union over the last financial year. As well as the presentation of the Annual Report and the Financial Report we’ll present the 2013 CPSU Awards. A light lunch will be provided. The event is on at the CPSU Office 157 […]

May 2013

UNIONS Tasmania has organised a Women’s Conference to discuss the issues facing women in our modern workplaces.  The conference will be held in Hobart on 3 May and the President of the ACTU Ged Kearney is the key note speaker.  The theme of the conference is balancing the demands of increasingly busy working lives with […]

March 2013

KICKSTART  Arts and St John’s Orchard Community Garden are holding a joint Harmony Day event. It’s free and everyone is welcome. The event includes: Mkono Kwa Mkono Dance Band (inc. members from TSO) Karen farming conversations Weaving demonstrations Traditional Karen and Ethiopian food + Aussie BBQ Karen Choir African cooking demos + much more Join the Facebook […]

February 2013

UK labour historian Les Kennedy Topics: chartist & activist William Cuffay Tolpuddle Martyrs and much more. Saturday: Evening concert  with live bands: Craicpot, The Devil’s Own, The Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir; 7.30 for 8pm The workers’ Q & A panel   Sunday: 10am Radical History Walk leaves Wesley Hall, Melville St, Hobart 1.30pm: Radical History […]

January 2013

THIS BBQ is about raising much needed funds for those affected by the Tasmanian bushfires. Come along and enjoy lunch and make a contribution to the Fire Appeal. Please tell your colleagues, families and friends – they are more than welcome.   All donations will be forwarded to the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires Appeal 2013.
LETTERS went to Heads of Agencies today inquiring about Work Health and Safety (WHS) in their departments. This comes after new WHS Legislation came in on January 1.   CPSU Assistant General Secretary Mat Johnston asked Agencies for the following information: The WHS Plan for the period 1 January 2013 to 30 June 2013 by […]
IT’S been a devastating start to 2013 for many Tasmanian families with the recent bushfires destroying homes and businesses and displacing thousands of people.  The CPSU alone has more than 150 members who live or work in the affected communities. Your union is keen to support affected Tasmanians in need, including Members caught up in the […]

December 2012

TODAY CPSU Members who’ve signed up to Union Power! should expect their cards in the post soon. Union Power! cards are being mailed today so registered Members can access the first deal – a fuel discount from 8 Bennett’s Petroleum  stations in the south. The discount is 5 cents  off fuel, with no docket required. Click here […]
CPSU DELEGATES, Members along with their union have achieved a great win this week. The hard work and dedication of Network Support Officer (NSO) Delegates and Members in Department of Education saw The Tasmanian State Service Award  varied to incorporate a NSO salary progression structure effective 20th November 2012. The process to achieve this win […]
RECENTLY the CPSU developed a budget submission for the 2013-14 State Budget. The submission highlighted how many departments were struggling under the current budget cuts and some were failing to meet statutory obligations. The CPSU submission will provide a chance for your union to sit down with government Ministers and talk to them about the […]
YOUR unions appeared before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission earlier today to finally register a replacement Agreement for Allied Health Professionals. After what was a long and frustrating process the final Agreement maintains the previous Agreement and provides the following: A duration of 1 March 2012 until 28 Feb 2014. A 2% salary increase with effect from […]
CUTS hurt Tasmania Cuts hurt production. Cuts hurt future generations Cuts hurt the arts community. The message was clear at the Save our Local ABC Rally in Hobart today. Participants held signs with these messages to show support for their ABC after proposal to axe television production in Tasmania and with it 16 highly skilled […]
TOMORROW unions and CYS representatives meet in Ross to workshop a model for the Child Protection Caseload Management Tool. Initially Case Management will be the first section of Child Protection where a model is developed, with the intention to then develop a tool for Intake, Response and Out-of-Home Care. CPSU and HACSU representatives from each […]
Recently ABC Managing Director Mark Scott announced he’ll be closing the Hobart television production unit. Not only will this result in up to 17 jobs going it will also see key skills disappearing from Tasmania. Support your Federal CPSU colleagues and attend the rally!
CUTS hurt Tasmania. That was the message at the Federal CPSU’s rally today in Hobart. The rally highlighted the number of Australian Public Service job cuts in our state. Paper people were used to highlight the number of jobs lost – more than 500 since 2008. The rally comes after ABC Managing Director Mark Scott  announced the […]

November 2012

IT’S Asbestos Awareness Week. Asbestos is linked with cancers and other diseases, and it’s left a terrible legacy in Australia. According to Asbestos Free Tasmania, statistics are beginning to surface to show a new wave of the disease mainly due to Do-It-Yourself home renovations. The week is about raising awareness about asbestos and expressing concern […]
UNIONS Tasmania held a White Ribbon Day morning tea today. Held at Southern Water, Goodwood, the event was all about saying no to violence against women. During the morning the men took the White Ribbon Day oath, saying:   “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women this is my […]
AMENDMENTS to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 would be a positive move for Tasmanian workers. Announced yesterday, the changes will prevent employers from avoiding their full responsibilities, with the definition of worker extended.   The amendments mean: • All labour hire employees are officially defined as workers of the labour hire agency, even if they […]
REMOVE the Threat, Restore the Confidence. The CPSU launched this new campaign today, starting with an email to Members. IN FEBRUARY 2011 Premier Giddings announced plans to slash Tasmania’s public sector workforce and refused to rule out making public sector workers forcibly redundant. Her government then changed the State Service Act 2000 to make it […]
IT WAS a sad day for all supporters of ABC in Tasmania yesterday ABC Managing Director Mark Scott announced he’ll be closing the Hobart television production unit. Not only will this result in up to 17 jobs going it will also see key skills disappearing from Tasmania. Today the Federal CPSU’s Regional Director of Tasmania […]
YESTERDAY saw charges of tresspass against CFMEU Organiser Bill White thrown out of court. The union stalwart was charged in July when he was trying to visit his members on a Fairbrother construction site at the Royal Hobart Hospital Mr White told the ABC yesterday “…there’ll be impediments put in the way but we’ll continue to […]
ADHERING before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on 7 November your CPSU appeared before the commission to facilitate changes to the major Awards. These changes included significant increase to district allowances. District allowances are paid to State employees required to live and work in designated, isolated areas. For people in receipt of district allowances please check […]
Come along and support Organiser Bill White, who’s been charged with trespass after he visited a Hobart Fairbrother site to do his job backing union members. Show your support!
THE CPSU has released the results of a survey of 1198 members which shows the Tasmanian Government is failing to provide its employees with safe work environments. “We undertook to survey our members to determine the Government’s current performance on Work Health and Safety and their readiness to comply with the new WHS legislation to […]

October 2012

UPDATE: Video Conference Meeting venues for Thursday ***The meeting at the North West Regional Hospital at 3pm Thursday at the Library Tutorial Room will be video conferences to: **Latrobe Hospital Level 2 Studio **Reece House Burnie Level 5 Video Conference Room **Smithton District Hospital Video Conference Room **Campbell Town District Hospital Video Conference Room Scroll […]
THE government  forced changes to the State Service Act through the House of Assembly yesterday without a guarantee of regular, external  reporting. The Liberals moved a simple amendment that would’ve ensured the Auditor General reported to Parliament at least 2 yearly but this amendment was rejected by Labor and its Greens coalition partner. The debate to […]
THE Youth Justice (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday and it raises some alarm bells. The Bill would mean a number of changes, including a greater focus on rehabilitation in the community.  While most of the changes seem logical and an improvement to the system a number of initial questions […]
THIS morning Public Sector unions began the fight against the State Service Act Amendment Bill 2012. The legislation should be rejected because it excludes crucial measures for accountability and transparency. The key elements of that recommendation of a government commissioned report into governance and Tasmanian State Service structural arrangements recommended one option. The key elements […]
YESTERDAY CPSU Assistant General Secretary Mat Johnston appeared before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission to progress an ongoing dispute around overtime and safe staffing levels at the Launceston Remand Prison (LRP). Accompanying Mat were two Officers, one a CPSU Workplace Delegate. The dispute arose out of rostering problems that saw two Officers being forced to do […]
CPSU Assistant General Secretary Mat Johnston spoke yesterday at the opening of the Prison Officers Association of Australasia (POAA) conference. Mat spoke to the group about the importance of officers’ leadership in their workplaces and the opportunities to use reform in Work Health and Safety legislation across the country to encourage safer work and better […]
During Mental Health Week 2012, Union Members and colleagues will be joining together in a silent vigil to express their concern at the lack of resourcing for Public Sector Mental Health Services.
What:Health Vigil Where: Outside Executive building, Murray St Hobart When: Today (Thursday October 11) 12.30-1pm Who: For Mental Health Week 2012, union Members and colleagues will join together in a silent vigil to express their concern at the lack of resourcing for Public Sector Mental Health Services. Read the joint media release: http://www.cpsu.com.au/media-releases/mental-health-workers-struggle-under-budget-cuts/

September 2012

 EARLIER this year the CPSU gave the Government a report that clearly said sacking cutting civilian speed camera operators would be a bad decision for road safety. The report warned that – Camera operations would return to a kerbside based system with cameras deployed at the closest possible location. This would mean deployment was not […]
DESPITE the appalling announcement about the 14,000 public sector jobs to go in Queensland, the state’s Premier Campbell Newman has told the Queensland Parliament that no one had been forced out of work. Today the ABC reported Mr Newman said all those affected by the cuts were being offered redeployment or voluntary redundancies. “Despite all […]
THE ALLOWANCES for camping in the Tasmanian State Service Award are now updated to reflect CPI increases. This covers an employee required to camp overnight in a tent or similar accommodation to perform their duties. The allowance compensates for all special conditions such as carrying tents and equipment, travelling over rough terrain and for work […]
SOME of the many CPSU activities from the past year were mentioned at last Friday’s Annual General Meeting. Over the past 12 months your union put more Delegates than ever before through training; continued to fight for increased resources for Child Protection Services and continued to provide professional support and advocacy. Campaigning against cuts to […]

August 2012

The AGM sees CPSU awards handed out to Members and Delegates nominated by their peers. The meeting also deals with financial and other business for the year.
THE CPSU can now confirm the Teaching (Public Service) Award clause dealing with communicable diseases has been extended to include SEOs and other Admin staff. This clause previously only allowed teachers in schools who contract a communicable disease to receive leave with pay. This extension to include SEOs and Admin staff comes after discussions with […]
WATCH the newly shot and edited film that aims to raise awareness that domestic violence is a workplace issue. The Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse are using the video as a tool to increase the number of Australian workplaces who have domestic violence provisions in their EBAs. Kasey Chambers allowed the CPSU to use her […]
The Anna Stewart Memorial Project is an annual work experience program that aims to increase women’s active union involvement and their understanding of unions. The Project’s run since 1984 and it honours the life and work of Anna Stewart – a tireless worker for women.

July 2012

We recognised our 30, 35, 40 and 45 year Members. We thank these dedicated people for their commitment to their fellow CPSU Members and for fighting to keep their workplaces fair. 
THE recent CPSU elections mean we welcome some new and old faces to the council – our Board of Management. CPSU Acting General Secretary Mat Johnston said he was really excited about the new Council. “The oversight role Councilors play is critical to the accountability and governance processes of any democratic, representative union. ”I’m proud […]
The House Standing Committee on Education and Employment’s review of workplace bullying visited Hobart in July. The committee held to hearings around the country to delve into the important industrial issue of workplace bullying and harassment.

June 2012

SATURDAY’s Walk Together saw people from different cultures and organisations take to the streets of Hobart to show support for diversity. Held around Australia, Walk Together was a Refugee Week event that called for unity and the end of prejudice. From Campbell St the rally walked to PW1 to listen to a number of speakers. […]

May 2012

The State Budget was released, and there was no good news in it for the public sector. The Premier certainly can’t sustain her argument that this budget protects front line services as all Agencies apart from Health face further cuts in 2012/13.

April 2012

March 2012

A rally to fight for adequate funding for the fire service, with a focus on community safety