I’m not happy with regard to negotiations between CPSU / Public Service Commission and Fair Work Australia, current Australian Public Service pay raise issue:
“The national workplace relations tribunal has begun hearing a wage dispute involving federal public servants.
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is warning staff at agencies may take industrial action because of a lack of negotiation around new staff agreements due in July.
The union says the dispute lodged with Fair Work Australia involves 12 of the largest agencies in the public service, but the implications affect all 74 commonwealth agencies currently in enterprise bargaining.
Public service wage dispute hearing – Fair Work Australia involves 12 of the largest agencies in the public service.”
At least one of the larger government agencies in Barton quoted above converted numerous highly paid contractor placements to permanent APS positions last year. Now the union (CPSU) wants these same fortunate staff, mostly non-CPSU members, to receive an automatic pay increase! How does this stack up with the average wage earner in Australia trying to survive the current GFC and other day to day economic pressures? Another deportment of feral affairs and trade type caper.
According to Joe Hockey, there are 20,000 new public servant positions created since the commencement of the Rudd Government. There is a fractional number of permanent paid up APS staff members of CPSU, should they expect a wage increase?
During 2009 there was a mad grab for middle management executive level promotions on offer within the Australian Public Service. So who is now doing the basic grunt work within our APS? Not the scores and scores of priviledged EL1 staff, mostly non paid up members of CPSU, that’s for sure!
“Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is warning staff at agencies may take industrial action.”
What does this mean, the country is going to grind to a halt? The average person in Australia would not have a clue or any interest in a public service stop ‘work’ action. What work? Half of an APS day is taken up in go nowhere meetings, wasted talk time and often travel rort fests away from Canberra.
CPSU should become realistic within Australia and focus on assisting the lower ranks of the Australian Public Service rather the whole over priviledged, promoted and remunerated sum. Not good enough.
Pay rise for Australian Public Servants this year? At least for half… I do not believe so.