In the aftermath of the GFC, the traditional debt-financed model for infrastructure was hit through substantial increases in the cost of borrowing. In response, governments have been looking to re-orient the financing model of infrastructure and social service delivery and looked for institutional investors, rather than using public finance. So infrastructure policy, and increasingly public service and social policy, is framed around creating projects that will be of interest to investors, meaning that they focus on the areas of provision that are able to generate revenue which in turn ar
Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government this morning. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago. From today, anyone who has been treated illegally or unfairly at work will no longer have to pay to take their employers to court – as a direct result of UNISON’s legal challenge.
It may seem like a Herculean task, but the NZPSA is investigating the possibility of moving towards common employment conditions across the public service. To help us on our journey towards this goal, we recently hosted Karen Batt and Wayne Townsend from the Victorian branch of the Community and Public Sector Union/State Public Service Federation (CPSU/SPSF) Group - one of the largest trade unions in Australia. Karen and Wayne addressed a number of audiences in Auckland and Wellington, including PSA delegates and staff; Members of Parliament, representatives of the State Services Commissi
Seven years ago the City of Paris brought their water supply back into public hands. Now they have received one of the highest international public service awards at a special UN ceremony at The Hangue. The award comes on the back of a wave of substantive research on the failures of privatisation and the benefits of public provision.
International Labour Conference 2017
Last intervention today on India’s Labour inspection problem. It is simply incredible that the Special Economic Zones are inspection free. Of course this leads to terrible workplaces and horrific injuries and deaths and the Indian Government want to liberalise the OHS law.
CPSU is concerned that NDIS being used as a Trojan horse by governments for privatisation and the erosion of employment security, pay, and conditions and has made a submission to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs Inquiry. CPSU members work in the government disability services sector in the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and in state government disability s
CPSU has lodged our submission to the paid parental leave bill inquiry being conducted by the Senate. The Federal Government is trying to change paid parental leave arrangements so that people like our members in the public sector who have an entitlement to paid parental leave through a workplace agreement or employment contract are denied access to the government parental leave payments. A Senate Committee is examining these changes now so Australia's Senators need to
The Federal Executive is pleased to present the Operating and Financial Report for 2016. The Federal Office assisted our Branches with national bargaining endeavours, particularly for entities created by COAG such as AHPRA (Health Professionals Registration), which necessitated a complex process of bringing all the separate jurisdictions of state regulation into the federal sphere, standardising the conditions to be Fair Work compliant and to then develop on single enterprise ag