After 3 years of austerity budgets from conservative Coalition State Governments in QLD, NSW, W.A., and Victoria an $80billion shortfall being now forced onto States by federal budget cuts will have a cascading effect across all our state delivered services. Just two weeks ago the Premiers met with the Prime Minister at COAG to discuss what Mr Abbott refers to as ‘new federalism’. COAG discussed budgets and taxation, funding for various program including health and education. COAG even put out a
An historic get together with Community Corrections union representatives from NSW, W.A. S.A. Tasmania and Victoria all in Sydney just prior to Easter to discuss common workplace issues including reduced resources and increased reporting, increasing Intense supervision - high profile persons and zero tolerance breaches, mandatory sentencing and the contracting out of intervention services to NGOs, privatisation and the possibility of social impact bonds being introduced. The planning discu
The secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) aims to liberalise a wide range of services. A new report by Public Services International (PSI) warns that governments are planning to take the world on a liberalisation spree on a scale never seen before.
TAFE delegates from the West stood strong against intimidation to give crucial evidence to the Senate Inquiry into the role of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) in Australia. WA Branch Assistant Secretary, Rikki Hendon, attended the public hearing with two delegates from TAFE Institutes of Technology: Lewis Stevens (Central TAFE) and Denese Kelly (Polytechnic West). The intention was to provide the Senate inquiry with information about the cuts to TAFE Institutes and the impact of the Liberal Barnett government’s new ‘entitlement’ model and fee increases.
Our state governments should undertake the NDIS implementation functions, CPSU Federal Secretary Karen Batt said today following the release of an independent review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Ms Batt said, “States have already established disability service arrangements in both facilitation and delivery.”
“There’s no need to throw the baby out with the bath water which the current supplanting of state government functions does. “
“State Governments have well trained and highly motivated staff with a good skill base.”
CPSU has outlined a wide range of concerns about the potential outsourcing of Commonwealth government services in our submission to the Abbott Government’s National Commission of Audit. The Commission of Audit’s brief is to review the scope, efficiency, size and functions of the Commonwealth governmen
The Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia held their State Conference and CPSU's Senior Industrial Officer Mark Perica outlined the unique nature of Crown employment and the disadvantage suffered by public sector employees compared to those who work in the private sector. In his presentation Mark emphasised the particular challenges where public sector workers are confronting sovereign governments with hostile legislative agendas. What is required is a sophisticated, meticulously planned and multi faceted campaign strategy which includes industrial action, political engagemen
CPSU has applied to change our rules to bring about the highest levels of governance
On 28 June 2013 the Community and Public Sector Union made an application to amend the Chapter C rules relating to the SPSF Group and the Chapter A rules relating to the PSU Group to amend those rules to reflect the disclosure and training requirements for officers of CPSU brought about by the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Act 2013.
The documents which form that application can be viewed here;
CPSU has lodged an amended application of administrative and governance rules with the Fair Work Commission that will see the Western Australian Prison Officer’s Union become the sixth associated body of the SPSF. For more details see here