An overwhelming majority of ABS staff have said thanks, but no thanks to bargaining at this time.

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 bargaining policy, considering:

  • Pay can’t be negotiated
  • Pay rises are capped to the annualised private sector wage price index
  • A no enhancements rule applies, 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 ABS?

ABS have committed to the maximum 1.9% for the first year. After that, the pay rates for the second and third years will be unknown, until September the year before. Maximum pay rise Pay rises in ABS 1.9% 14 June 2022 ??% - Private sector WPI at June 2022 14 June 2023 ??% - Private sector WPI at June 2023 14 June 2024

It’s up to CPSU members and workers in ABS 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 ABS

If a majority of workers in ABS demonstrate they want to bargain, bargaining could start at any time, even when this determination is in place. This is your right under the Fair Work Act.

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

  1. Let others know about the Bargaining Policy, by giving them a copy of our detailed fact sheet
  2. Encourage colleagues to join the CPSU and join the fight to improve your working conditions