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Industrial action escalates for PSU Members
THOUSANDS of commonwealth public sector workers walked off the job over the last fortnight. In Tasmania Hobart and Launceston PSU Members stopped work on Monday and Tuesday this week.
In Hobart well over 300 workers from the CSIRO, Tax Office, Centrelink, Human Services, Customs, Immigration and many more agencies said enough was enough to the Abbott Government, which plans to strip away many important conditions and workplace rights.
In Hobart, PSU Members heard from their State Secretary Jessica Munday and National Secretary Nadine Flood.
“The talks are still occurring; our door remains open but we have effectively reached a stalemate across the public service because the Abbott Government has implemented a bargaining policy that forces agencies to strip up to 70 per cent of our members’ rights and conditions from their enterprise agreements into a policy that can be changed by their employer at any time,” Ms Munday said.
At the meetings Members voted to:
1)Talk with their co-workers about joining the union to help safeguard rights;
2) Reject sub-standard offers and vote no to any such offer;
3) Support future industrial action until Members receive fair and reasonable outcomes from negotiations; and
4) Talk to their communities the Federal Government’s attack on workers.