Public sector union members have a powerful story to share will colleagues. After taking historic action across the state in 2022, we reached agreement with Government on new Agreements that help to tackle cost of living and introduce a range of new rights and conditions.
Trauma-safe workplaces, secure jobs, public sector parity, unlocking public sector skills and new rights for our new post-COVID world were the core themes behind our campaign. We’ve secured dozens of new rights that tackle each of these areas.
- Pay rises between 10.3% and 13.3% over three years.
- Members on classifications equivalent to TSSA General Stream Band 3 or below will receive one-off low payments of $1,000 and $500 in December 2023 and December 2024 (pro rata for Part Time workers).
- Provision to allow State Service workers to negotiate compressed hours, such as a 4-day week, 9-day fortnight or 19-day month.
- Minimum engagement for casuals increased from 2 to 3 hours.
- Helping to close the pay gap for School Support Staff stood down over holidays, with an additional week’s paid work for Teacher Assistants, School Administration and School Business Managers.
- Increased Parental Leave, greater support for secondary caregivers, plus new leave provisions for Grandparents, Foster Carers and Surrogates.
- Bereavement & Compassionate Leave to recognise still birth and miscarriage.
- Aboriginal Cultural Leave: 5 days paid leave, as well as recognising kinship relations for the purpose of personal leave, compassionate and bereavement leave.
- 5 days paid Disability Leave per year to recognise the additional needs of the 1 in 6 Tasmanians with a disability who may run over their personal leave.
- Family Violence Leave doubled to 20 days.
- Superannuation now paid on all periods of unpaid Parental Leave, as well as personal leave without pay over 4 weeks.
- Consistent Incident Management Operations conditions to apply across the TSS within 6 months of registration of the Agreement.
- Child Safety workers have secured the right to negotiate a dedicated s55 Agreement address issues ranging from vicarious trauma to work overload.
- Re-commitment to consider a TSS Mobility Register, already available in the Victorian Public Service.
- New rights to request Fixed Term and Casual Conversion to permanency, new pathways to secure jobs to help tackle the pandemic of underemployment and precarious work in our public sector.
Make no mistake, none of this would have been possible without the action of CPSU members, including those of you who joined your union for the very first time to campaign for rights, voice and pay. Throughout 2023 we’ll be releasing new resources, running training webinars and meeting with members in workplaces to break down your new rights, and how to make sure you’re taking advantage of them. So make sure you’re following the CPSU on Facebook – and keep your eyes peeled for our 2023 Training Calendar in coming weeks!