Over the last week I've been lobbying the ACT Labor Government on behalf of CPSU members to take action on the many non-ongoing and temporary contracts that will shortly be coming to an end.
I've got great news - just now the Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced that as part of the second tranche of the Economic Survival package, the ACT Government will be extending all ACT Government non-ongoing and temporary contracts during the period of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Make no mistake, this win happened because of members like you calling for vulnerable workers to be protected. This is a huge win for members and staff that are delivering public services and for the wider Canberra community.
What do I need to do?
If you are on a non-ongoing or temporary contract, you don't need to do anything. You should receive a notification in the next week or so from Shared Services advising that your contract has been extended.
What else is in the package?
There are a number of other initiatives that the ACT Government is providing for Canberrans. Here are some that impact our membership:
- $126 million support for the Healthcare system;
- $20 million for the Jobs for Canberrans fund, providing those who need work a role within the ACTPS;
- Early access to the Portable Long Service Leave scheme to impacted workers;
- $39 million land tax and rates rebate for residential landlords who reduce rents by 25%; This will provide rent relief to tenants of up to $200 per week.
- Rates deferral to owner/occupiers who experience hardship as a result of COVID-19;
- Rates notices will be delayed by a month, giving Canberrans an additional month to pay.
Let us know if you have any questions or feedback, let us know by emailing us here. If you know someone that isn't a CPSU member yet, forward this email and ask them to join.
Maddy Northam, Regional Secretary