25 September 2023

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BOM staff go for broke

Members of the Community and Public Sector Union at the Bureau of Meteorology have turned to creativity to get their industrial relations message to the public following the management crackdown which short-circuited their attempts last week.

The workers have now started every sentence in their weather forecasts and social media posts with letters that spell out their message ‘BOM on Strike’.

Payrise for PS leaders

Senior leaders and personnel across the Australian Public Service (APS) have been awarded a two per cent payrise from 1 July 2018.

The Remuneration Tribunal has determined the increase following its annual review and it will apply to most senior offices in the APS as well as statutory agencies, certain Government-owned businesses, Secretaries, part-time offices, the federal judiciary and Parliamentarians.

It said that the determinations reflecting the decision to increase remuneration from 1 July 2018 would be available on its website after they are registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

More robots to join Army

The Australian Army is to receive an additional four Unmanned Ground Vehicles and accessories.

The move is the next step in the development and acquisition of robotics and autonomous systems to support Australian soldiers.

The vehicles will be used by the Army in a 12-month user evaluation trial. It is expected they will enhance the Army’s capability through assisting soldiers with a range of manual handling tasks, such as moving heavy loads and field equipment, and casualty evacuations.

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