Service-wide Bargaining Success Continues For CPSU


Figures released today by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) reveal that more than half of the APS has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the recently negotiated service wide pay and conditions package.

The update comes after Services Australia, the ATO and Home Affairs joined the growing list of agencies who have voted in favour of their new Enterprise Agreements.

  • The ATO saw a 76.87% yes vote, with 83.96% of the workforce participating.
  • Services Australia saw a 93.4% yes vote, with 80% of the workforce participating, and
  • Home Affairs saw a 97.1% yes, with 84.16% of the workforce participating.

The list of agencies and ballot results can be accessed here .

In late November last year, CPSU members voted to accept a pay and conditions package that included an 11.2% pay rise with back pay, a sign on bonus, new consultation rights, improved parental leave and significant flexible work rights, with no cuts to existing conditions.

Since then, bargaining moved to the agency level where unions and management have been hammering out agency specific details. Once finalised, the Enterprise Agreement goes to a vote where all employees in the agency are able to vote on it.

With more than half of all aps employees now settled on new Enterprise Agreements, the union’s focus will shift to the enforcement of new conditions, such as the new flexible working rights.

Quotes attributable to Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary:

“Services Australia, the ATO, and Home Affairs have joined a growing list of agencies backing the CPSU-negotiated pay and conditions package.

“We have been pleased to see high turnout and strong positive responses, with ballot results reflecting the wider sentiment that exists among employees.

“This is a good package that is already delivering APS employees strong, industry-leading conditions, improved pay, and a financial boost.

“With a strong foundation of industry-leading conditions and improved pay, our focus will now shift to supporting CPSU members as they access their new rights and conditions.

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