CPSU members are building pressure for an improved APS pay offer and people are taking notice.

Our industrial action in Services Australia has grabbed headlines, even sharing the front page of the Canberra Times with the Matildas!

While we have secured a range of important wins through our service-wide bargaining negotiations to date, including working from home rights, we want to see Government improve its pay offer and achieve better progress towards pay equity. Join today to help win a better deal.

Watch this video update from Melissa Donnelly, CPSU National Secretary.


CPSU National Secretary, Melissa Donnelly has now written to Minister for the Public Service, Senator Katy Gallagher setting out CPSU members’ expectations for bargaining and an improved pay offer that includes:

  • Fair pay increases,
  • Real progress on APS pay equity, and
  • Ensuring pay increases are delivered on time with backpay where required.

The CPSU also called on the government to reverse its decision on key emerging issues, in particular disability leave, gender affirmation leave and piloting the four-day working week.

To further escalate our message, CPSU members in Services Australia are taking strategic protected industrial action, making it clear to the Government that it must do better on pay.

If you want to see an improved pay offer on the table, now is the time to become a member of the CPSU .

CPSU members' push for better pay offer getting attention

  • CPSU members in Services Australia to take 'strategic' industrial action over APS-wide pay deal, Canberra Times
  • Public Service Union to Strike Against Federal Government, The Epoch Times
  • Public servants strike over 10.5pc pay rise, four-day week, Australian Financial Review
  • ABC Radio Canberra - Listen on our Facebook page
  • 2SM AM Radio
  • Services Australia workers impose bans over pay fight, The Australian
  • CPSU, Australian Public Service Commission back at bargaining table as Services Australia industrial action kicks off, Canberra Times

Pressure on Government has been building

Since more than 12,000 CPSU members overwhelmingly voted to reject the Government’s 10.5% pay offer in a CPSU ballot in May, pressure has been steadily building on the Government.

Thousands of members participated in a National Day of Action, wearing red and telling their stories about why they need an improved pay offer, while CPSU delegates have been meeting with members of parliament to lobby them to support our bargaining campaign.

While the CPSU service-wide bargaining team has achieved impressive wins for APS employees on working from home and protecting existing conditions, members have been clear that it’s time for the Government to step up on wages.

Industrial action underway 

Last month CPSU members in Services Australia voted in favour of industrial action in a Protected Action Ballot, so that when the time was right, members would be able to take industrial action to apply pressure on the Government for better pay and conditions in bargaining.

The time for action is now.

From Tuesday 1 August, CPSU members in Services Australia will take part in two weeks of strategic industrial action.

This first action should make it clear to Government that CPSU members are serious about securing a fair outcome on pay and they will do what is necessary to achieve that.

CPSU members have made a strong case for a better pay offer, and we will continue to push hard on the issues that matter most.