Firstly we would like to say a big thank our delegate, Judy Dikstein who did an amazing job in representing members at the Senate Economics Legislation Committee last week. Our appearance was integral in persuading the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to recommend that superannuation complaints continue to be dealt with by the SCT. If you have not had a chance to read the Senate report, it can be found here. The ALP additional comments are particularly useful. This is good news and reflects the hard work your union has been doing.
While we understood that the Senate would be asked to vote on the Treasury Laws Amendment Bill today, it has not been listed and we don’t believe it will be considered in this sitting of Parliament. Regardless, we continue to lobby opposition parties and cross benches to support the exclude the SCT from this legislation. We have written to the cross-bench, and our conversations so far are encouraging but we still have work to do.
We are all united in the same goal of protecting the important service you provide to superannuation complainants and the jobs of SCT staff. Your contribution as a CPSU member is vital to this aim. While we are certain that your colleagues feel the same, they are yet to join and contribute to the campaign.
We’ve seen the Government attempt to undermine our cause and credibility by pointing to our membership numbers, arguing that we do not represent the majority of staff. Help prove them wrong. Please forward this link - http://www.cpsu.org.au/news/saving-superannuation-complaints-tribunal - to a colleague who is not yet a member and encourage them to join with you to save the SCT.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to speak with Judy or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org