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Friday Wrap: Your week in review


PSUWA 2016 Ballot is Open

THIS week we have a new workplace agreement for you to vote on and the CPSU team is out and about discussing the new offer with Members.

You can see a summary of this offer here.

As a Member-led union, it’s you who will decide whether we accept or reject the second offer.

To vote, enter your unique code sent to you via email.

If you have any questions, have trouble voting or would like to speak to your union before voting please email or call your organiser or the office on 6234 1708

Ballot closes on December 20 at 12 noon.

This round of bargaining has again demonstrated that it’s only when we work together that we see change – that we move our government to show respect for you, services and our communities.

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 Paid Parental Leave

RIGHT now the Turnbull Government is considering new legislation that attempts to remove or limit access to the Federal Paid Parental Leave Scheme for all employees who have access to paid parental leave (PPL) through their employer.

If passed this will see Tasmanian public sector employees lose up to 14 weeks of paid time at home with their new baby. This change will disproportionately affect public sector women and the conditions we have, as a union, built over generations.

Paid time at home with children in the first year is important for children, families, our communities and our workplaces.
The changes have been referred to a Senate Committee for review and they want to hear from mums and parents affected.

If you are a new mum who has had a baby and used both your employer paid entitlement and the federal scheme we want to hear your story.
It can be confidential and will make a difference.
To do so please contact Thirza White, Assistant Secretary –

Click here to send a message to Senate crossbenchers to save PPL.

Union News

Here’s a few stories from the news this week which demonstrates the power of union. Are you or a co-worker interested in joining the CPSU?
You can join today! It’s as easy as following this link.

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Tasmania – Great win for AHP in Education

RECENTLY the Department of Education (DOE) advertised two new full-time Student Wellbeing Social Worker positions as part of the Child Safety Services redesign.

A high proportion of social workers in education are women balancing caring responsibilities with work. So this decision had the potential to discriminate against a significant proportion of DOE social worker employees.

The reason given? These staff would be working with vulnerable families and therefore must work full-time for operational reasons. This is despite the fact that other public sector employees in family violence and child safety routinely work part-time and work with vulnerable children and their families. 

This issue was raised with the DOE by social worker Delegates in Education and your union team.
Following discussions, DOE has reversed its decision and the positions will be re-advertised making clear that there is the option to work part time. A great win!

    If you feel a decision in your workplace is unfair, contact your organiser or our Membership Advice Team on 6234 1708.

Together we can ensure your rights and the standards of our public sector are maintained and strengthened.


Childcare workers and union members outside the steps of the treasurer's office in Sydney yesterday. Picture: Facebook.

NSW – Childcare workers chained themselves to Treasurer’s Office

On Wednesday morning childcare workers and members of United Voice NSW chained and padlocked themselves to the entrance of Treasurer Scott Morrison’s office in Sydney, demanding they receive equal pay rates to those in similar professions.

The workers are being paid as little as $20.61 per hour – Australia’s minimum wage is $17.70 per hour.

“Educators have taken the extreme step of chaining themselves outside Scott Morrison’s office because they want the Treasurer to face facts,” United Voice national secretary Jo-anne Schofield told the media on Wednesday.

“The wages system in Australia’s early childhood system is well and truly broken and it is the Treasurer’s responsibility to fix it.”


VIC – CUB dispute over

After an 180-day dispute, the 55 Carlton and United Brewery (CUB) workers who were sacked earlier this year will return to work.

The maintenance workers were offered their jobs back with a 65% pay cut, but they refused to accept the offer.

Unions around the country rallied behind the former employees and the #BoycottCUB movement followed.

“Our efforts show that no matter how strong a company thinks it is, if it chooses to treat its workers badly, we can stand together and can beat anyone,” ACTU Secretary Dave said in a statement on Wednesday.

“If another company tries this on we’re ready.”

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