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Public sector unions have approved 2 hour stop work meetings to be conducted around the state on Thursday November 27 2014. These meetings constitute industrial action sanctioned under the rules of your Union.
Stop Work action will run from 8:30 – 10:30 am with meetings to be conducted from 9-10. All members whose workplace is within 30 minutes of the venues should attend.
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TWO NEW STOPWORK MEETINGS ADDED: 9-10am tomorrow
BEACONSFIELD: Port Dalrymple Yacht Club
KING ISLAND: Boat House, Currie Harbour
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STOPWORK meetings are on statewide this Thursday
We’re holding meetings in all Tasmanian cities. We realise these meeting locations might not be convenient for all Members, so we’ve arranged for smaller regional meetings as well.
The Stopwork action runs between 8.30-10.30am with meetings to be conducted between 9-10am.
See a full list of meetings here.
Catching a bus to a meeting?
We have buses arranged for Risdon Prison Complex, St Johns Park New Town and Rosny.
See the bus timetable below.
YESTERDAY we sent a survey to Public Sector Members about unions’ upcoming industrial campaign.
It comes as our Public Sector faces an unprecedented and sustained attack from the State Government. Your union is working with all the other Public Sector unions to defend our vital public services and the livelihoods of the many people who deliver these services to the Tasmanian community.
Our survey Save Our Services – Goodwill is Gone? Is about hearing your views directly to help us determine the direction of this campaign.
Read more here.
Devonport meeting added!
IF YOU live or work in Devonport, now there’s a stopwork meeting on in your city.
It’s on at the Town Hall Theatre at the DECC on Thursday November 27 between 9-10am.
See you there!
Find other meeting venues here.
An impossible ask
THE government is asking impossible things of Agencies and their senior staff when it comes to implementing their misguided slash-and-burn agenda in the State Service.
Your CPSU has received numerous reports from high ranking staff and officers across many government departments that explain the government is actively pressuring agencies to ignore or circumvent their consultation obligations with their staff and unions.
Public sector unions led by the CPSU have responded by lodging a dispute application with the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) to seek assistance in enforcing the Award provisions.
Read more here.
CPSU Council addresses government ‘ultimatum’
At a conciliation conference before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on Monday the government delivered an ultimatum to public sector unions. Despite unions indicating the timelines in the ultimatum were impossible to achieve the government push ahead with their take it or leave it offer.
The CPSU Council met last night to consider the position put by the government.
Read more here.
Buses to meetings: Rosny and St Johns Park
IF YOU work at Rosny or St Johns Park, New Town book a seat on the bus on November 27. Seats are limited, so be quick! Buses will leave Rosny (outside Service Tasmania) and SJP (pick up location TBA) at 8.30 am, and depart from Parliament Lawns at 10.15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot today!
Cutting Jobs Was Always the Premier’s Intention: Government Makes Cynical Offer
It is with considerable disappointment that I write to you today to report that despite unions using every possible lever available to protect jobs and services the Hodgman government is determined to slash and burn the public sector.
In yesterday’s conciliation conference before the Tasmanian Industrial Commission the government did everything possible to scuttle an agreement that would have used the savings from a wage freeze to protect jobs.
Despite all the rhetoric the final offer put to unions doesn’t require the government to protect a single job – in return for workers permanently forgoing a 2% wage increase and deferring top of the Band increments for 12 months the government will only agree to ‘use its best endeavors to minimize job losses’.
As final proof that their offer was disingenuous the government decided that if unions members agreed to accept their pathetic proposal it would impose the wage freeze by bringing the Crown Employees (Salaries) Bill back on for debate in the Legislative Council rather than implementing the freeze by amending Awards and Agreement by consent.
The government has given unions until 5pm tomorrow (Wed 12 November) to agree in principle with its position. Unless all unions provide in principle agreement by this time then the whole offer is withdrawn from all unions. Unions then have until 5pm Monday 17 November to consult with our members, explain the detail of the offer, answer their questions and then conduct a binding ballot. Unless all unions complete the ballot process by this time then the whole offer is withdrawn from all unions. Unions indicated it would be impossible for all of them to comply with these timelines but the government refused to amend them.
The CPSU has called a special meeting of its Council to determine our response which will be relayed to members soon.