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Special Council Meeting – Public sector resolutions unanimously endorsed

THE  CPSU Council met last night to consider the position put by the government. The following resolutions were passed unanimously.

Resolution 1

That Council notes the ultimatum presented to public sector unions by the government yesterday.

Council notes that:

1. the timelines for response included in the government’s proposal can’t be complied with given the obligations our democratic processes require:

2. the refusal of the government to provide detailed costing breakdowns of the various wage/increment freeze proposals and to genuinely guarantee jobs would be protected through any agreed outcome undermines our ability to recommend a position to our members; and

3. the decision of the government not to implement any agreed wage/increment freeze through consent applications to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission but to instead revive its anti-worker Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill, a Bill that undermines our industrial relations system and breaches international conventions, makes any positive recommendation impossible.

Council endorses the proposal that the recommendation put to unions and the employer by the full bench of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on 3 November 2014 be formally put to members and that the union then write to the Premier advising him of the decision of members on that recommendation. The Premier will then be able to decide to accept the wage freeze offered or continue down his chosen path of cutting jobs and services.

Resolution 2

That Council authorizes industrial action in the form of 2 hour stop work meetings to be conducted around the state on 27 November 2014 to consider the TIC full bench recommendation and an ongoing industrial campaign.

Read the formal position put by the government to all unions below.

Employer position

Read the recommendation made by the full bench of the TIC below.

T14258 & T14259 of 2014 s23(1) Recommendation

It is worth noting that prior to the CPSU Council meeting last evening the government’s ultimatum was already dead as the government had made their offer contingent on all 13 public sector unions agreeing to support it and the ANMF, during hearing in the TIC, had very honestly indicated it could not consult with its members within the 48 hours provided.


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