We all know that having secure work makes a difference
It’s better for the community we serve and better for the people doing the work when jobs in our sector are ongoing.
In the 2015-16 Budget, the Coalition capped the size of the Australian Public Service to around or below 2006-07 staffing levels. This means that regardless of how much work needs to be done, agencies are forced to arbitrarily limit their staff. This is one of the reasons why labour hire, outsourcing and contracting has been increasing.
Now the Turnbull Government has announced the further privatisation of our social security system, with another 1000 outsourced call centre jobs coming into Centrelink
This is why CPSU members are campaigning to change our industry for the better – we want to rebuild public sector capacity and to reverse the tide of labour hire, casualisation and outsourcing. We want secure, fairly paid jobs in the public sector and we want the community to have the services they deserve.
Labor has just announced that if elected it would scrap the staffing cap in the APS.
This announcement is huge, but there is more to do. It's time for Turnbull to match this commitment. Sign up to the campaign demanding that Turnbull #ScraptheCap.
New Zealand is scrapping the cap - it's time for us to do so too
The NZ government is moving to stop the public service's over-reliance on expensive consultants and contractors, which it says will save the taxpayer millions of dollars a year. Read more here.
CPSU members are working hard to make this happen
- we've given evidence in a Parliamentary inquiry
- we've written to the Finance Minister (read his response here), and
- we’ve called for change in our Federal Budget submission.
We’re having an impact – we’re getting a lot of attention in the media and we’ve got people on our side.
We have lobbied the Labor Party for a commitment to Scrap the Cap ahead of the next federal election. Our motion was supported unanimously at the recent NSW ALP Branch Conference. Labor has now announced that if elected it will scrap the staffing cap in the APS.
Labour hire, outsourcing and privatisation take money out of workers’ pockets and give them to private companies
Staff and the community are worse off and the only winners are corporations. We need to get rid of the ASL cap so we can have the staff we need to get the work done.
We all deserve fair pay and decent work.