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CPSU week in review – Bargaining Update

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Bargaining Update

ON MONDAY, each CPSU Member received an email with an update on the Wages Agreement process.

The list contained a summary of where each Agreement is at, or when certain Agreements are due for renewal.

Members part of the Ministerial Drivers Agreement – you will receive a detailed offer and a link to the ballot in coming days.

Members covered by the Public Sector Wages Agreement (PSUWA), Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Agreement, Radiation Therapists Agreement and Correctional Officers Agreement your ballot is currently underway.


If you haven’t received an email or have a question, call the CPSU office on 6234 1708 or email Emma Graham at

Voting closes at 12 noon on December 20 for PSUWA Members and December 21 for the additional ballots.

 Child Safety Services: A Year on …

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Can you believe it’s been 12 months since our action outside Parliament House?
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s a great chance to reflect on what you have all achieved in one year.
There’s still a way to go yet, but we’ve got something up our sleeve
Watch this space!

What are our Members up to?

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The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) will be opening its doors again on a Monday during the summer time.

The museum will be open every Monday from Boxing Day to March 31 next year.

“Seasonal opening hours will also ensure the museum is on the right path to sustainability and is able to continue high-quality programming and deliver on the broader objectives established in the strategic plan,’’ Director Janet Carding told The Mercury.

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Visitor numbers to Port Arthur have grown by 13.2% over the 2015-16 period.

Due to this, the site is undergoing a revamp with construction of a new visitor centre set to start in late January.

The new centre will be built over the existing one and increase the visitor centre’s footprint by a third.

It’s the largest construction project undertaken on the site, according to The Mercury.

Making headlines this week

Call to consider sell-off or lease of key assets – The Mercury, December 14

Economist Saul Eslake says Tasmania’s unfunded super liability for the public sector, plus State Government business enterprises is standing in the way of a Triple A credit rating.

He believes the state should ‘seriously consider’ selling or leasing key assets to ensure we have the ability to borrow for important infrastructure.

Review of child services – The Mercury, December 15

Tasmania’s Commissioner for Children has started a review looking into out-of-home care in the state.

Mark Morrissey said he had been given access to a sample of case files and previous reviews completed by the Department of Health and Human Services about out-of-home care.

“Over the next 30 days, I will be looking into the department’s plans to address in a long term and sustainable way, the entrenched and long-standing inadequacies of the out-of-home care system,” he told The Mercury.

Third World health claim – The Mercury, December 15

Visiting doctors working at the Royal Hobart Hospital have likened conditions in the emergency department to those of developing nations, the Australian Medical Association says.

The Tasmanian branch of the AMA is concerned the hospital is so under-resourced that patients are being placed at “significant risk of increased sickness and death”.

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