Hundreds of calls by CPSU delegates to Federal ALP Senators and MPs over the past few months have helped ensure the recent MYEFO mini-budget did not contain deep cuts to public sector jobs and services.
Over the past eight weeks members and delegates have been:
making hundreds of phones call to ALP Senators and MPs to talk to them about supporting public services and opposing cuts
providing information about cuts and workloads through our survey
Calling politicians was a new experience for many delegates but absolutely crucial to ensuring the Government heard our concerns. We have had great feedback from many delegates after they'd made calls. As one delegate put it "I felt totally outside my comfort zone at first, but once I'd made a few calls, it felt great."
Delegates talk, politicians listen:
Despite a tightening economic environment, the mini-budget brought down by the Government on 22 October - the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) - did not contain any further public sector job cuts or an increase / extension of the efficiency dividend. (The efficiency dividend will remain at 4% until 30 June 2013 then and drop down to 1.5 per cent in the 2013/14 financial year.)
MYEFO also included additional resources for compliance in ATO and Customs, which CPSU had advocated for with Government. Read more about this in Canberra Times here.
CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said "We have been making our case to the Federal Government that there is no more fat to cut in the public service. It's clear there is growing community concern about public sector cuts at all levels of government.
"The fact MYEFO mini-budget did not contain deep cuts to public sector jobs and services suggests our Cuts Hurt message about public sector jobs and services is getting through," said Ms Flood.
More to do:
While it is good news the APS was not directly targeted for more cuts in MYEFO, it's clear that many APS workplaces are struggling under previously announced savings measures including: the increased efficiency dividend; a $700m capital expenditure reduction and a $550m reduction in consultants, travel, advertising and printing.
More than 500 delegates responded to a survey about workloads and delays and the results are worrying:
80% reported job cuts in their agencies
81% reported there had been no efficiency gains as a result of cuts
72% reported an increase in client/customer waiting times in frontline areas
76% reported increased workloads and targets
64% reported a reduction in quality
What happens next?
Between now and the end of the year CPSU delegates will be working hard to build more workplace and community support for the Cuts Hurt campaign. A CPSU submission for the May 2013 Budget is being finalised and we will be working with you over the next few months to get the key messages on that out in your community and with politicians.
We will need to keep the pressure on the Government in early 2013 as they make crucial funding decisions for the May Budget. Increasingly we will be challenging the Coalition about their plans to cut $50-$70 billion from public services and jobs.
What you can do:
1. Print off and hand out the latest Cuts Hurt workplace bulletin 2. Talk to people in your workplace about joining the union and supporting the campaign
3. Share this campaign video link in your workplace
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