23 June is World Public Service Day, the United Nations day to recognise public sector workers for the important work you do to support communities and promote prosperity for all.

I wanted to give delegates a heads-up that we're taking action to recognise and say "thank you" to public sector workers - who continue to be the key to our response during the COVID pandemic - and to build awareness of the Government's new workplace bargaining policy.

World Public Service Day activity – what can you do?

We know most people are yet to see the new bargaining policy and aren’t sure what it means. The email below will be sent out to all CPSU members in the Federal Public Sector on Wednesday 23 June. In the lead up to World Public Service Day:

  • Host an event on or around Wednesday 23 June to recognise the contribution of your colleagues and talk to them about the new policy. You could hold a morning or afternoon tea, or a host virtual catch-up (solidarity with our Victorian members!).
  • We've prepared a handy flyer  to help you get the word out, and a detailed factsheet  about what is in the new policy - share them with your colleagues.
  • You can also download workplace posters and thank you cards  you can hand out on the day. Closer to the day we will have social squares for sharing on your favourite social media channels - stay tuned!
  • And in mid-July, I will be hosting member-only briefings on our strategy to shift the government’s position. You can register here.

We want all public sector workers to know what's in this policy, to be part of the union, and help us shift the Government’s position so that we have genuine bargaining in the federal public sector.

Thanks for your ongoing efforts in the workplace. If you need support, please contact your local CPSU organiser, or call 1300 137 636.

In unity,

Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary


Today is World Public Service Day, the United Nations day to recognise public sector workers for the important work you do to support communities and promote prosperity for all.

During the COVID pandemic, public sector workers have been the key to our response to the crisis: working on the frontline making sure Australians had access to JobSeeker and JobKeeper when they needed it, protecting borders, providing up-to-the minute health advice, and many other things.

Your community says “thank you.”

Public support for the public sector has never been stronger.

We know managers and supervisors in many workplaces have seen and recognised the work that you have done.

There’s one “thank you” missing...

Unfortunately, there is one practical “thank you” missing. Instead of recognising the contribution of public sector workers, the Government introduced a new workplace bargaining policy that:

  • Drives low wage outcomes for federal public sector workers, capping increases to the Wage Price Index for the private sector, which has been at historic lows since before the pandemic.
  • Sees workers voting on mystery pay deals, with unknown pay outcomes.
  • Makes it difficult to achieve improvements in an enterprise agreement, with the continuation of the “no enhancements” rule.
  • Doesn’t allow for genuine bargaining between agencies, employees, and unions. Instead, the Government determines the outcome.
  • Has already seen the first agencies bargaining under the new policy (such as PM&C and NIAA) saying they can’t make sensible changes like guaranteed paid family and domestic violence leave and emergency services leave, because they have been blocked by government.

This new policy fails to recognise public sector workers for working harder than ever to deliver for the Australian community. It’s just plain wrong.

What can you do?

  • Visit our Commonwealth Bargaining page for more information about the bargaining policy.
  • Get informed about the bargaining policy by visiting our webpage.
  • Talk with your colleagues, and make sure they are aware. We know most people are yet to see the new bargaining policy and aren’t sure what it means.
  • Attend a CPSU member-only briefing on our strategy to shift the government’s position mid-July.
  • Thank a colleague for their contribution to the community on World Public Service Day, and ask them to join the union to show their support for a better approach to bargaining in the public sector.

CPSU members stand for secure jobs and improved conditions, through a better bargaining policy. Together we can shift the Government’s position so that we have genuine bargaining in the federal public sector.