After government decisions to create 2,750 contract call centre jobs and introduce labour hire into Centrelink and Medicare, the CPSU has been campaigning hard this year against the privatisation of DHS. A key part of this campaign has been working with members in individual workplaces to bring the issue to the attention of their local Members of Parliament.
Members have written to their local MPs, expressing concern about the impact of privatisation on the quality of DHS services and the job security of employees, and MPs have started to take notice. Around the country, members and delegates have been invited to meet with their local MP to discuss the privatisation of DHS, and we’ll do more of these meetings in the new year.
The feedback from delegates and members at these meetings has been universal: when members of parliament sit down with a DHS worker and hear first-hand the problems caused by privatisation, it gives them a clearer understanding of the issue and helps us gain support in parliament for the CPSU’s plan to stop privatisation.
Thanks to campaigning efforts like these, we have already seen the ALP commit to scrapping the ASL cap and creating 1200 permanent new DHS jobs if elected to government in 2019. We need to hold them to these commitments, as well as continuing to campaign for the current government to rethink its privatisation agenda.
There will be a lot to do in 2019 to continue to gain community and political support for our campaign to stop the privatisation of DHS. If you’re interested in being involved, please speak to your local organiser or delegate, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pics: SA meeting with Sen. Penny Wong; NSW meetings with Michelle Rowland, Member for Greenway and Susan Templeman, Member for Macquarie