Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) members in the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will tomorrow strike for 1 hour as the union fights for a better pay deal.

This is the 4th round of industrial action taken by the CPSU during the current bargaining round.

The escalation in industrial action is a result of the union rejecting the Government’s revised pay offer of 11.2%. The first offer of 10.5% was overwhelmingly rejected by union members in May this year.

CPSU members who are On Plant Vets and Meat Inspectors within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are also permitted to take industrial action.

Quotes attributable to Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary:

“We want to see the Albanese Labor Government come back to the bargaining table with a revised pay offer so that we can continue to move forward in the bargaining process.

“Our members have been clear from the beginning – they want to see this round of bargaining deliver a decent pay rise without any delays.

“Right now, we aren’t risking delays to pay rises. But if the government doesn’t come back to the bargaining table with a revised pay offer soon, there is a risk that timelines could begin to blow out.

“Service-wide bargaining has delivered a raft of significant improvements to workers conditions which will see employees and the APS benefit.

“But the Albanese Labor Government must do better on pay.

“It’s time to get on with the job of giving APS workers the long overdue decent pay rise they need and deserve.

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