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Friday Wrap: Our week in review


On Tomorrow: Save our Weekend National Day of Action, Hobart

SOW_HEADER_1600x500_ausunionsCARE about weekend penalty rates? Join us at a National Day of Action this Saturday on Parliament Lawns at noon, just look for the CPSU flags! Join members from other unions and Tasmanians who rely on these rates to make ends meet and compensate them for working unsociable hours.

Cutting weekend rates would be a massive pay cut to many working Tasmanians.

RSVP on Facebook here.

Child Protection: resources after Members’ campaign

CPTHANKS to the hard work of CPSU Child Protection Members over many years we’re finally seeing some additional and much needed resources put into CYS. Last week Minister Petrusma released the Strong Families – Safe Kids Implementation plan. It’s new money and the jobs it creates are additional jobs. It means:

Child protection advice and referral Service

Total expenditure $900k per year.

  • $300k to employ three senior practice consultants to support decision making;
  • $160k to employ two unit coordinators to provide administrative support;
  • $275k to employ three FTE CP workers to run an after-hours advice and referral service
  • $165k to employ two aboriginal liaison officers

Hospital Liaison Officers

  • $180k to employ two additional CP liaison officers in hospitals in North and North-West

Frontline Teams

Total expenditure of $1,750,000 per year.

  • $750k to employ seven senior practice consultants to support decision making;
  • $330k to employ four unit coordinators to provide administrative support;
  • $290k to employ five support workers to support case management; and
  • $380k to employ four staff to support IT training and workforce development.

There’s also $210k per year to provide psychological support to improve staff wellbeing and $140kto improve information technology including CPIS and the KIDZ data warehouse.

This is excellent news that will help not only hardworking Child Protection staff but the families they support and young people they protect every day.

CPSU Awards: Nominations open now!

CPSU awardsTHOUSANDS of public sector staff work together so Tasmanians get the services and support they need and deserve. The CPSU Awards recognise the efforts of just a few of these dedicated public sector Members.

FM Financial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Tasmanian Community

This award is for someone who goes above and beyond to deliver a high quality service with that little bit extra to the Tasmanian community. Nominations are open to all public sector staff including those working in Government Business Enterprises and at UTas.

Suzanne Pearce Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Children & Youth Services

Child Protection Worker Suzanne Pearce died tragically in 2007. This award recognises the dedicated people working with our children, young people and their families. It’s open to all Children & Youth Services employees.

Tasplan Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Workplace Delegate

Our union relies on Workplace Delegates to communicate, support, inspire and educate Members and to use their leadership skills to improve their colleagues’ working lives. This award is open to all CPSU Delegates and Honorary Officials.


Download a nomination form below. We’ll present Awards and Commendations at the CPSU AGM at 1pm on Friday August 26.

CPSU Awards 2016 – poster + nomination form

Nominations close on Monday August 15; send yours to or 157 Collins St, Hobart.

Build a Better Future: Medicare Petition

Save MedicareSIGN the Unions Tasmania Medicare petition here.

Medicare and our public health system are both under threat from savage cuts and a privatisation agenda. Now is the time to act!


LAST night at a public debate in Launceston Liberal Bass MHR Andrew Nikolic accused the Community & Public Sector Union of “scaremongering” in regard to Medicare.  We deny the allegation and seek a right of reply. What we’ve said about the threats to Medicare has either already happened under the Turnbull/ Abbott government or it’s about what it plans to do to our public health system if re-elected.

Click here to read more.

Our courts: Lives left hanging

justiceTHIS week Law Society of Tasmania president Matthew Verney told The Mercury that “delays in courts add to people’s stress and ripple through the economy”.

Read more here.

Public sector staff in our courts help turn lives around. Enough resources and staff are needed so Tasmanians’ lives aren’t left on hold.

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