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Friday Wrap: Your week in review


Bargaining Reference Group Update

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WITH Premier Hodgman walking away from the PSUWA, and now the Allied Health Professionals Agreement too, Bargaining Reference Group meetings were held in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart this week so you could decide our response to Premier Hodgman’s ‘offer’ – or, as many have noted, less an offer and more an ultimatum.

Here’s a snapshot of comments we heard about the government’s behaviour:

‘disappointed’… ‘disrespectful’… ‘incompetent’… ‘it’s confusing – not the way you bargain’… 
‘astounded’… ‘but they took 2.3%!’… ‘doesn’t address the real issues for most public sector employees, workloads’… ‘what about everything else…career progression, compassionate leave, super?’…

NEXT STEP: We’re a Member-led union so over coming weeks we’ll be on the phone or visiting your workplaces to talk to you about what our response should be, what your fellow Delegates think, and what we now must do to secure an agreement that respects your important work, delivering the services all Tasmanians rely on.

Make sure your co-workers are in the know. To do this we have a handy flyer for your workplace here.

To find out more about what your union colleagues thought or to let us know what you and your Members think of Premier Hodgman’s ‘offer’ contact Thirza White on 0142 700 148 or

People’s Inquiry into Privatisation

THE People’s Inquiry National Roadshow will hold Hobart’s public hearing next month and it’s your opportunity to air your concerns about the impact of privatisation on services in your community and share your ideas on how we could change our public services for the better.

EVENT DETAILS: 12-3pm October 14 – Best Western Hobart, 156 Bathurst St Hobart

RSVP: Click here to make an online submission and here if you’d like to attend.

Call for increased parks funding
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LAST week The Mercury reported on the a huge increase in visitors to our national parks and a record number of tourists from interstate and overseas of 1.18 million for the 12 months to March this year.

There are serious concerns about parks funding not matching this growth with Tourism Industry Council CEO Luke Martin called for an examination of investment in ­national parks as they’re“critical economic and cultural assets that underpin our identity and a $2 billion tourism industry”.

-We can achieve more, but we need more to do it, not work even harder-

With more visitors on the ground what the Parks & Wildlife Service needs is more boots on the ground!

Stop the cuts to Medicare processing

Save Medicare

AUSTRALIANS already experience diminished service levels for Medicare in Centrelink offices and the Turnbull Government is cutting back face-to-face Medicare claims processing which will make it even worse, with processing time blowing out from 3 days to 14 days on top of a backlog of 42,000 Medicare claims.

Click here to watch a video to find how these cuts could affect you, and here to sign a petition to stand up for Medicare. Send the link to your friends, family and colleagues.

Welcome to new CPSU staff members

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YOUR union can achieve even more now we have new Industrial Organisers Will Greer, Kelly-Ann Webb and Mel Best in the south and Jess Greene in the north, with Emma Graham working in our communications team 2 days a week to help out while Jo’s on maternity leave – so we welcome all of them into our CPSU!

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