Don't Throw the Baby Out .....

  • 16 December 2016

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

Operating and Financial Report for 2016

  • 23 November 2016

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

Privatised Prison Closed: U.S.

  • 8 September 2016

In an historic move, and on the back of years of work by public sector unions and civil society allies, the United States Department of Justice announced on 18 August their intention to close all private prisons under contract to the DOJ.  The decision comes after a damning investigation found that for-profit facilities consistently performed less well than the publicly run prison system.

Prison Privatisation: National Report

  • 3 August 2016

Australia now imprisons more people than at any point in its history with 36,134 people incarcerated across eight states as of June 2015.  Privately run prisons incarcerate 18.5% of Australia’s prison population and clearly play a large part in the functioning of our custodial system a new University of Sydney Report has found.  In fact, Australia has the highest rate of private incarceration per capita of any country in the world.

Productivity Commission Misdirected on Inquiry

  • 29 July 2016

The characterisation by the Inquiry of public services as simply an item of consumption is problematic argues our joint submission to the Productivity Commission.  The issue is much more complex.  People accessing public services are not ‘consumers’ and the circumstances of their access are likely to dictate a need for equity, simplicity, clear arrangements around entitlements, and a supportive environment that is people centred.  The apparen

International Investment Court System (ICS) - EU

  • 8 July 2016

Public Services International (PSI) has joined a growing number of voices pointing out that the new wave of so called “trade agreements” no longer have much to do with trade.  Rather, these secret agreements create binding laws, away from democratic parliamentary institutions, to give rights to foreign investors and the largest multinational corporations.  The Investor State Disputes Settlement (ISDS) system whilst not the only troubling aspect of these agreements has