26 September 2023

Union survey to find what APS women want

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The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has launched its 11th What Women Want survey, inviting female Public Servants across Australia to share their work experiences.

National Secretary of the CPSU, Melissa Donnelly said the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the day-to-day working arrangements of many women, making the current survey all the more important.

Ms Donnelly said the survey would ask a number of questions including: Do you do interesting and rewarding work? Do you feel supported in your career? Have you missed out on career opportunities because of caring responsibilities?

She said there would also be questions on job security; whether workers felt financially secure for retirement; and what the union should focus on in the future.

As an example, Ms Donnelly said insecure work had become an increasing issue for women across the Australian workforce, and Public Servants were no exception.

“Since 2013, concerns about insecure work have almost doubled in the Commonwealth Public Service,” she said.

“Your stories and your experiences help us to better represent you and to focus our campaigns and resources on areas that need it the most.”

Ms Donnelly said the information survey respondents shared with the CPSU would help it build an in-depth picture of what the experience of working life for Australian women looked like in 2021, helping the union to work to address those issues.

All survey participants will be in the running to win a $250 gift voucher.

Feedback closes on 13 November and the survey can be accessed at this PS News link.

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