It’s official, you are being asked to vote on the Courts substandard offer next week

Voting for all staff opens next Tuesday 27 June for just three days, closing 5pm AEST Thursday 29 June 2017. The CPSU recommends that all staff VOTE NO because

  1. The pay offer is half the public service average
  2. It cuts critical conditions including slashing redeployment and retention protections.

What do you think of the offer? Please tell us in a very quick snap poll. Thanks if you have already done this 30 second snap poll.

Three things you can do to protect your rights and conditions

  1. VOTE NO to Courts substandard offer
  2. Come to a CPSU briefing and encourage your colleagues to come along
  3. Join the CPSU to work for a fairer deal.

This is the first time you get to have your say – vote NO

Your choice to vote NO, tells the Courts you want to be valued and respected for the work you do. You deserve an offer that is the best of the two current agreements – not the worst. We think you deserve an offer that keeps current arrangements and protects you at work, describes how disagreements are dealt with and provides you and your manager with certainty and consistency.

Across the public service, strong NO votes rejecting poor offers and CPSU action has delivered improvements. Your choice to vote NO in the Federal Court will make a difference.

The CPSU has been consistently and publicly campaigning to advocate for the value of the work you do. We represented the Courts in the Senate Inquiry into public sector bargaining, and in the current Parliamentary Inquiry into the Family Law System. At the beginning, we knew this time the fight would be to protect members' jobs at the same time we were fighting to protect conditions. We understood we would need to use industrial, legal and political strategies in this campaign.

CPSU member action has delivered shifts across the broader APS and some movement from the Government with their bargaining policy – the Courts can do better.

One vote makes a difference

Your future rights and conditions are determined by this ballot. The enterprise agreement is accepted or rejected based by the number of people who vote. If seven people vote and four people accept the offer, it will be applied to all staff. Show the Courts you want a better deal - vote NO to protect your rights and stand up for fair pay.

Here are just a three reasons to VOTE NO For a longer list look at the CPSU summary of the Courts offer (member-only content) or get more information in a CPSU briefing.

  1. Pay offer – half as much is twice as bad. The Courts is offering only 3% over three years while the rest of the public service is getting 6%. That’s half of what everyone else is getting. The pay offer is also a pay cut in real terms for Federal Court employees, when you account for the increased working day and current CPI. While current Family and Federal Circuit Court employees will get a small increase at the start by moving to Federal Court pay structure this is still well short of the standard public service 6% offer.
  2. Massive cuts to redeployment and retention rights. The Courts proposal would slash current Federal Court EA redundancy entitlements and safeguards including cutting retention periods cut from 56 weeks (20+ years service or >45 years) or 30 weeks to just eight weeks. They’d also cut priority redeployment for excess employees to vacant positions and access to job swaps. Whichever Court you work in this is a major problem given the number of restructures and redundancies that have occurred in the Courts and the Government’s agenda to reshape the Courts generally.
  3. Fails to deliver on diversity. The offer cuts the current commitment to provide ‘family friendly conditions’ for care for persons with whom the employee has a strong affinity (that is, extending beyond immediate family). Cutting the time for a part time work agreements from two years to 12 months make it harder for people to plan caring and other commitments. There is a narrow definition of immediate family that does not include traditional kinship, which the Federal Court had committed to include as per the former NNTT EA. There’s also lack of detail on eligibility and amount of paid and unpaid leave for Ceremonial/cultural leave, as existed in the NNTT previously.

If you have any questions, please speak with your local CPSU delegate, email or call 1300 137 636.

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