Despite almost a year of talks, management at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) remain unwilling – or unable – to
finalise certified agreement negotiations with staff and the CPSU.
DEWR staff have already taken strike action and are prepared to act again if that is what it takes to get a fair outcome. They are campaigning hard, but need your support.
You can help by sending an online protest letter to the Secretary of the Department Dr Peter Boxall and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Kevin Andrews.
Given DEWR’s important role across the Australian Public Service and the Government’s planned rewrite of industrial relations legislation, what happens in this campaign has very serious implications for the pay, conditions and rights of all Federal public sector workers.
Background: The current agreement expired in December 2004 and there have been no pay rises for 20 months. Over the last year, DEWR management have:
implemented a ‘No AWA – No job‘ policy for all new starters
‘starved’ people onto AWAs by dragging out the collective agreement process
refused to bargain in good faith
pursued knowingly unacceptable positions during negotiations.
CPSU’s Lisa Newman says DEWR should be a model employer, setting a positive example for the rest of the public service and the broader community. “Unfortunately, all we are getting from Minister Andrews and his management team is posturing, politics and game-playing. Kevin Andrews is the architect of the Government’s new workplace reforms. But if this is how he treats his own staff, then heaven help the rest of the community. Minister Andrews claims his new workplace changes will deliver fairness and flexibility. Well it’s now time for him to practice what he preaches and give his staff a fair go.”
What you can do
For further information
Contact: Lisa Newman
Union: 0438 255 006
Phone:CPSU media officer
Contact Mobile:Dermot Browne
Fax: 0408 265 081