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PSUWA Bargaining Update


THIS week your union team met with the government’s negotiators to provide them with your response to the government’s ‘offer’.  

Nearly 70% of CPSU Members voted and over 94% supported the counter-proposal for a 2% pay rise from December and to continue negotiating on the key issues identified by you.

This was about more than pay – it was about respect – your right as an employee to sit down and discuss the challenges facing our public sector and to bargain to improve your workplace agreement that sets the pay, standards and conditions of all public sector staff now and into the future.

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So, what’s next?

YOU’VE refused to accept the government’s ultimatum, and have offered a clear path forward, so the ball is now firmly in its court. 

Government negotiators said they’d need to take instruction from the Public Sector Industrial Relations Committee (PSIRC) and possibly Cabinet before responding and indicated there were three possible ways forward:

1. Government rejects our counter-proposal, withdraws the ‘offer’ and negotiations will continue but without any guarantee of an increase in December or backdating.

2. Government accepts the counter-proposal and Members receive a 2% increase from December 2016 and we continue to negotiate on our priority issues.

3. Government makes a further counter-proposal aimed at finalising a 3-year agreement within the next few weeks.

A preferred option wasn’t stated but indications were that the Hodgman Government would prefer to finalise a 3-year agreement in the short term rather than continue negotiations through next year.

Save the date: Bargaining Reference Group Meetings

IF YOU’RE interested in getting more involved in your union you’re welcome at our next Bargaining Reference Group meeting where we’ll be discussing the government’s response to our counter-proposal and our next steps. 

The government has committed to providing a response by November 22 so these meetings have been scheduled:

BURNIE: 12.30pm Tuesday November 29
MRT, Harris Building 47-49 Cattley St

LAUNCESTON: 12.30pm Tuesday November 29
CPSU Office, 91 Paterson St

HOBART: 12.30pm Wednesday November 30
CPSU Office, 157 Collins St

To register please email

Let’s take a stand against domestic violence


FAMILY violence doesn’t just happen at home – two thirds of those experiencing it are also working and it often follows them to work as they are harassed, stalked and threatened on the job.

Family violence leave gives survivors the time they need to visit the police, lawyers, doctors and go to court and it gives them time to move home, to take their children to new schools and to escape the cycle of violence.

Everyone has the right to feel safe at work and everyone should have the right to paid days away from work if they are subjected to family violence.

The case for Domestic Violence Leave in modern awards begins in Fair Work Australia on November 14, so come and join the Solidarity Action on that day to show your support.

DETAILS: 10.30am, Monday November 14
Family Law Court, Davey St Hobart

Attendees are encouraged to wear black clothing to the event.

Stop TAFE Cuts

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Did you see the amazing dress Beyonce wore at the Country Music Awards?

The dress is from J’Aton Couture which is a Melbourne-based establishment by Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino.

Both Jacob and Anthony studied at TAFE.

So we’re wondering – if Australian fashion is good enough for Beyonce, shouldn’t it be good enough for government investment?

CPSU Member a new MKR contestant

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We’re wishing our North West CPSU member Caroline all the best as she starts her My Kitchen Rules journey early next year.

Caroline will be joining her partner on the show where they will be cooking up a storm in Burnie.

We’ll be watching closely!

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