83% of CPSU members have taken part in a snap poll to determine what direction your bargaining reps should take. Thank you to everyone who voted.
93% of members who voted have endorsed the CPSU to run a No Vote on the
agreement, as long as the cuts to conditions remain. This is the first time in
the history of the MRT-RRT that we have run such a vote.
Your bargaining reps have been advised by Management that they are happy with
the payrise they have offered and believe that further negotiations would be
futile. It has been put to Management from the beginning of these negotiations
that no other agency has attacked conditions to such an extent and other
agencies sought exemption earlier in the process to keep conditions where they
were above the APSC bargaining framework, for example the tribunals’ 20 days
personal leave. Is it a coincidence that what management say they can afford is
what the APSC bargaining framework has told them they should offer?
CPSU does believe that further negotiations are necessary to secure your
conditions and have put this request to management. However, you should be
prepared for Management to put the agreement out to a staff vote in the hope
that you will back down. We will be advising Management of your strong intention
and commitment to voting No and encouraging all staff to do the same. A strong
No Vote will send a very clear message to Management about what you think of
their offer. They don’t believe how serious CPSU members are.
What can you do now?
Thursday December 8 - Wear Red to Work Day. This is the date your
new agreement should have taken effect, let’s show management you want them
to listen and get back to negotiations.
Get talking, let everyone know that you will be voting no and why
Join CPSU. Bargaining reps are doing an amazing job. More people have
been joining as they have seen how management has been bargaining; joining
now not only makes sure you are truly represented in bargaining but
strengthens the position your bargaining reps take to the table. Show your
colleagues how much you support them. It’s easy to join Talk to your
workplace delegate, join online
or call 1300 137 636.