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Friday Wrap: Our week in review

AHPs: Working together delivers results

AHP meeting voteALLIED Health Professionals are the backbone of our health service and the second largest professional group after nurses in the Tasmanian Health Service. After months of unanswered letters, meeting no-shows and industrial action, at a Tas Health Service Industrial Consultative Committee, THS CEO David Alcorn has finally acknowledged that doctors often undervalue the important role AHPs play in our health service and that better outcomes will be achieved if AHPs have a stronger voice. Better yet, Dr Alcorn committed to creating a dedicated AHP Executive Director role on this executive team and to placing all AHPs in a single clinical stream. This means AHPs will now have a seat and a voice at the THS Executive level for the first time.  

Working together delivers results and it’s the AHPs in our Health Service who stood together achieved this. Congratulations to all of you who took industrial action to secure a voice for your profession!


Compliance Inspectors Agreement Registered

drinkLAST week saw the Compliance Inspectors Agreement registered. It’s an agreement that’s seen many hours of hard work from Delegates and Members.

Compliance Inspectors in Treasury’s Liquor and Gaming branch visit all sorts of licenced premises to ensure licence conditions are being adhered to, including your local cricket or footy club, The Spirits of Tasmania and the Wrest Point and Country Club casinos.

Their work regulates the Tasmanian liquor and gaming industry and minimises harm. Often their work happens within unsociable hours – after a cricket match or footy game, when a venue is in full swing on a Friday or Saturday night or at events like the Taste of Tasmania.

A key part of the agreement was recognition of the out of hours compliance work that Liquor and Gaming Inspectors do.

All Members were active and involved during the bargaining process, drafting the proposal with the help of the union office that then became the log of claims for negotiation.

It always works better when Delegates and Members get involved in negotiations. You know your jobs inside out and what you need to do your work. We win better outcomes when an agreement is Member-led. Here, negotiations were positive, as they should be, with the employer and employees reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.

Make sure you get involved in the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement or bargaining that’s happening in your area.

Women’s Conference: You’re invited

Women's conferenceJOIN together with other women across Tasmania and your union at the 2016 Unions Tasmania Women’s Committee Organising Conference.

What: Keynote address from ACTU President Ged Kearney, exploring issues and campaigning priorities, panels, discussions, and much more.

Where: Australian Education Union Hobart Office, 32 Patrick St,

Cost: $30. CPSU will cover the cost of registration but this funding is limited, so secure your place today.

When: Friday September 16, 9am-5pm

More information: Read the flyer: Unions Tas Women’s Committee Conference 2016

RSVP: let us know if you’re coming, email

CPSU Awards: nominations close on Monday

CPSU awardsYOU have until August 15 to nominate for the following awards:

FM Financial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Tasmanian Community Know someone who’s helped in the 2016 floods, during the fire season, the hydro crisis or has made a difference in some other way? Let them know their hard work is appreciated.

Suzanne Pearce Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Children & Youth Services This is a chance to say thanks to someone in CYS who you think is doing a great job every day to protect children and support families.

Tasplan Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Workplace Delegate  Nominate a Delegate you know is making a big difference to the lives of Members.


Download a poster and nomination form here.

Census: plagued by budget, staff cuts and privatisation

computerTODAY the census is still dominating news headlines after the now infamous #CensusFail on Tuesday night, which saw the website shut down because of a series of online attacks.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is there to gather information so governments have the facts to inform good public policy to improve all of our lives. This data is critical to planning our states, towns and cities and showing what services are needed in the future.

Now Turnbull is blaming the ABS for the #CensusFail.

History of cuts, privatisation

However, over the years the Abbott-Turnbull governments have cut the funding to this public service:

It’s reduced the number of surveys, changed methods of data collection to save money, while making the statistics less reliable.

In the 2013-14 and 2014-15 financial years, the cuts saw the ABS lose 350 staff.

In 2014 the Abbott Government cut $68 million from the ABS budget.

In 2014 CPSU’s deputy national president Alistair Waters said back in 2014 “clearly you can’t keep on cutting tens of millions of dollars out of the ABS budget every year and expect the services to be the same.”

Computers weren’t upgraded because of the funding shortfall to save money.

Meanwhile, since then the Abbott-Turnbull governments privatisated the IT service for this year’s census to IBM and private company Revolution IT.

Intelligent Business Research Services advisor James Turner said this week:  “It seems that the ABS completely outsourced responsibility for the design, delivery and testing of the Census website.  “But outsourcing these functions does not absolve the customer of responsibility for assuring themselves of the vendor’s capability to deliver to requirements. Trust but verify.” 

Public services need resourcing and funding so they do what they’re supposed to – deliver services to the community and work to improve our lives. If they’re underfunded and there aren’t enough staff or resources, the staff who work in these services can’t meet the needs of our communities and it’s unfair to put them in this position.

Politicians outsource to rid themselves and their governments of responsibility – but this doesn’t work. They can’t wash their hands of their responsibility and meanwhile they lose control of these services and the public sector suffers great reputational damage.

Read more: Guardian’s Greg Jericho: #CensusFail: Continued funding cuts mean agencies can’t do their job.

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