The CPSU attended a meeting with the Defence bargaining team and other unions yesterday to be updated on the progress of Defence’s offer. Defence reported that while the Secretary has approved the offer it is yet to be approved by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC).
Waiting for the APSC
The final step in the agreement approval process before a CPSU member and all
staff ballot is approval by the APSC. The Defence Secretary must have this
approval before the agreement can be formally offered to you.
Defence has informed the CPSU that the Defence Secretary has approved the
proposal put forward by the Defence bargaining team. The wait is now for the
APSC to provide a formal response.
What happens if the APSC doesn’t approve the DECA?
If the APSC does not approve the DECA, Defence can make a case to the Special
Minister of State for approval. In this case it will be up to Defence and the
Secretary to do the heavy lifting and go in to bat for Defence employees. If the
APSC rejects Defence’s offer the CPSU will be ready to continue campaigning to
put pressure on the APSC to allow you to have your say and vote on the proposal
discussed in bargaining.
Stand up and support the campaign
This campaign is not just about the new DECA, it’s about the future of work
in the Department of Defence. It’s about Defence continuing to be an
organisation that skilled and experienced employees are proud to be a part of.
Support the campaign today, join CPSU
online or call 1300 137 636.