Submission to Standing Committee on Health

  • 20 March 2015

CPSU's submission to the Standing Committee on Health Inquiry into Hepatits C in Australia serves to explain the concerns and opposition to any proposal to introduce a needle and syringe exchange program into our prisons.  CPSU members in prisons occupy roles in a work environment unparallelled in respect to the risk of ocupational violence compared to any other across the country.  Our members accept this risk on a daily basis and do all they can to minimise it through effective case management and security strategies at a personal, operational and policy level.  They do so whilst juggling

When Your Employer is also Law Maker

  • 23 January 2015
Josh Frydenberg wants political rights abolished for govt employees

Hot on the heels of the recent Victorian State Election both the New South Wales and Queensland Governments will hold elections early in 2015.  

State Governments (Crowns) are in a unique position under our Federation as they are both an employer and a legislator  This dual role is unique and provides a power to the Government that no other Employer across Australia has. 

Lock Them Up & Look Away Mentality Must End

  • 7 January 2015

Our Corrections industry across Australia is under intense pressure as competing demands are starting to impact on life behind the walls forcing ad hoc responses by our State Governments, CPSU Federal Secretary Karen Batt said today.  "Isolated policy responses so far have resulted in a record numbers of prisoners, irresponsible overcrowding, escalating prisoner on prisoner and prisoner on Officer assaults, prisoner classification downgrades to match bed availability, stop gap solutions to bed shortages, backlogs in our Courts, and expensive announcements for more prisons but with half a de

Proposed Rule Change

  • 17 December 2014

Notice of Lodgement of Application to Replace Chapter C of the CPSU Rules.  Members should be aware that on Wednesday 10 December the Community and Public Sector Union filed an application, notice of particulars, and supporting documents under s159 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act to replace the entire Chapter C of the CPSU Rule book.  The replacement Chapter C was designed to modernise the rules, make them more easy to follow and to ensure ease of compliance.  If any member wishes to view the documents filed in support of this application please contact

New PS Rules put NSW Temps at Risk

  • 29 October 2014

The Public Service Association says that thousands of public servants are at risk of losing their jobs under new rules that prevent temporary employees from working for more than four years with the same government agency.  The PSA has written to the Public Service Commissioner about the impact these changes will have on temporary employees unable to secure full time employment or a job with another agency by February next year when the new rule comes into affect.  Half of the full-time equivalent temporary employees have been working for mo

Tas Gov't Rejects Pay Freeze Offer

  • 27 October 2014

ON FRIDAY public sector unions wrote to Premier Hodgman detailing a proposal that would save the jobs of 500 workers and protect services from being slashed.  On Saturday morning the Treasurer rejected the plan.  Mr Gutwein told the media that Cabinet would decide this week on where 821 FTE jobs would be cut and indicated he expected most would go before Christmas.

Federal Fund 2013/14 Accounts & Activities

  • 24 October 2014

CPSU is a professional and industrial organisation, registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations Act) 2009, and our concise financial report and the operations of the Federal office is provided for our members.  The surplus attributed to members for the year was $460,516 compared with a $166,874 deficit last year.  Total assets increased by 27% or $406,412 from $1,490,777 in 2013 to $1,897,189 this year.  Highlights of the year have included completin

Threats & Challenges in Corrections

  • 14 October 2014

The Corrections industry in Australasia is under intense pressure as competing demands are starting to impact on Government public policy.  The drivers of this pressure can come from media pushing a law and order agenda following community concerns after high profile crimes as well as the private multinational correctional companies.

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