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PSUWA Update

PSUWA16 BABF-PTBP CPSU banner 600pdi RBG screens+webWHAT did we learn from the second PSUWA bargaining meeting?

• Treasurer Gutwein has a problem with arithmetic; 

• The government wants to divide public sector workers over basic entitlements; and

• Payroll deductions for union membership are under attack. 

Bargaining Groups continue

BRG Launceston 30 Aug 2016OUR second Bargaining Reference Group was held in the North this week about PSUWA negotiations and the wages policy so far.

So far we’re hearing that:

  • You want a fair pay rise for the work you do to help Tasmanians every day but you don’t want this at the expense of working conditions that make your lives better. • You feel that Members shouldn’t have to choose between conditions, family violence leave or increasing paid paternity leave, for example. It’s not fair – everyone is at different stages of life with different needs.   • You believe that conditions shouldn’t be paid out of a wage increase.

Our last meeting in the North-West next week, don’t miss out, sign up today. Burnie Delegates and Members – it’s your turn next week Join the North-West Bargaining Reference Group in Burnie next Tuesday: Tuesday September 6, 12.30pm, (we’ll let you know the location) RSVP: email and let us know if you’re coming.

Video:  Where Tasmanians want the surprise $62.7m surplus to go 

stills lo res (8)Watch our YouTube video here!

We asked the public to show us where they’d like Will Hodgman’s surprise $62.7m surplus spent, choosing between five services and politicians’ pay. Although hospitals basket was first to fill, when people saw the balls piling up, they considered what other services they’d like to see funding for. Note: politicians’ pay didn’t really get much public support…    

This surplus was made by cutting essential services. Tasmanians want the Hodgman Government to fund essential services – it’s time Will Hodgman listened.

Get involved: We’ll roll out activities like this around the state to raise the importance of our many public services to our communities. This recent activity only took an hour yet we talked to so many people. If you want to get involved in activities like this in our communities to support our public services, email

Delegate Training season: sign up today

Steve, mel, karen, Anthony and Andrew

WE’RE right in the middle of training season! Last week eight Delegates took part in our Consultation and Change Training at Deloraine. Meanwhile, today and tomorrow a group of Delegates are upping their skills and knowledge in our Delving Deeper into the Delegate Role course.

Education Delegate Tony Fenton on the Consultation and Change training: “It was great to get together with other Delegates and find out how the different government agencies go about the consultation process. The rules are clear under the awards and very interesting under the OH&S Act how much power you have to force the issue if real consultation is not occurring.”

Health & Human Services Delegate Karen Mackrell on the Consultation and Change training: “The information on consultation was really helpful, and so was learning where we go to access this. It was great to meet and talk with other Delegates; hearing what issues they had going on in their workplaces and how they were approaching these was really useful and interesting as well.”

Parks & Wildlife Delegate Rob Buck on the Consultation and Change Training: “The consultation training provided me with the tools to find the appropriate information contained in the State Service Award and legislation relevant to consultation.  It also made it clear to me that it is a right to be consulted in the workplace by our employers when effecting any change on us our work places.”

Do you want to learn more about your Delegate role? Then sign up for our upcoming Delegate Primer Training today. It’s a two day course on September 13 & 14 in the south. This training isn’t just for new Delegates. Maybe you’ve never done Delegate training before or you’d like to grow your skills, knowledge and confidence for your important role and share tips with others from across the public service. You’ll discover practical tools for approaching conversations about union issues with your colleagues that’ll boost your confidence.

Sign up: contact Trainer Angela Bradshaw on or call 6234 1708. See more training dates here.

DHHS move to fix parental leave underpayment

time to care (2)THE Department of Health has recently discovered it has been underpaying shift workers on paid parental leave since August 2012. Effectively shift workers have not been paid their projected shift roster.  

DHHS has undertaken an extensive audit, have identified all employees affected and will be making back payments.  For those who have finished their parental leave they will receive a lump sum on 28 September. Those still on leave will receive a lump sum on 11 September and will then be paid correctly going forward. Lump sums will be detailed on payslips so employees can check the payment.  Anyone who believes they are affected by this who does not receive a lump sum by 28 September should contact DHHS HR in the first instance.

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