25 September 2023

Union onside with Labor PS pledge

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The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has welcomed a commitment from the Federal Opposition that it would ensure fair wages, working conditions and secure jobs in the Australian Public Service (APS), should it be successful in this week’s Federal Election.

National Secretary of the CPSU, Nadine Flood (pictured) said the Labor Party’s statement on APS workplace relations said it would recognise the importance of secure jobs and fair wages and working conditions for all Commonwealth workers.

“Our members in the Australian Public Service will be really pleased but also relieved at this announcement from Labor,” Ms Flood said.

“This is about helping Border Force officers doing shift work at our international airports pay the bills, it’s about helping a mum working at Centrelink balance her work with the need to pick up her kids for school or day care.”

She said it was a firm commitment to provide fair pay, secure work and decent conditions, particularly family-friendly conditions that allow people to juggle their work and family lives.

“It will help Commonwealth public sector workers who provide essential services and who should underpin policy capacity and good government,” Ms Flood said.

She said it would reverse the trend towards privatisation and outsourcing with a greater investment in a capable APS workforce providing quality services.

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