Your CPSU Section Councillors commend members and staff for giving this policy the cold shoulder.

It is not surprising that workers rejected the Government’s own bargaining policy, considering that;

  • Pay can’t be negotiated
  • Pay rises are capped to the annualised private sector wage price index
  • A “no enhancements” rule is applied, making it difficult to introduce positive changes to conditions
  • Rights and entitlements continue to be moved to policy, which an employer can change overnight

What does the private sector wage price index mean for us in DVA?

DVA has committed to the maximum 1.9% for the first year. After that, the pay rates for the second and third years will be a mystery, until September the year before.

Maximum pay rise Pay rise in DVA
1.9% 25 Feb 2022
??% - Private sector WPI at June 2022 25 Feb 2023
??% - Private sector WPI at June 2023 25 Feb 2024

It’s up to CPSU members and workers in DVA and across the APS to force this Government to abandon its unworkable wages and bargaining policy for the federal public sector!

You can help shift the Government’s bargaining policy in DVA

CPSU members could start bargaining at any time if a majority of workers in DVA demonstrate they want to, even when this determination is in place. So if circumstances change, the Fair Work Act provides very clear rights that a majority of workers could trigger a return to the negotiation table.

Right now, you can share what you know with your colleagues about what a better system could look like, and