Media Release: CPSU withdraws from industrial action at Fair Work Commission

10 February 2017

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Human Services

The Department of Human Services succeeded today in a hearing In the Fair Work Commission, preventing members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) officials from taking industrial action for the purpose of political point scoring.

CPSU senior officials last week gave notification of protected industrial action commencing on Monday 13 February, under the guise of negotiating pay and conditions at the Department.

However repeated public statements by senior CPSU officials made it clear that the real purpose of the industrial action was for the union to score political points in regard to Centrelink’s compliance program.

After a six hour hearing at Fair Work Australia today, the CPSU agreed to withdraw its application to take protected industrial action.

Due to the CPSU’s ongoing campaign of drawn out negotiations and industrial action, the average public servant in the Department of Human Services has forfeited around $2,000 in extra pay since 2015.

In addition the CPSU have still charged the average member in the Department around $1,000 each year in membership fees.

Alan Tudge, the Minister for Human Services said “the hearing today showed once again that CPSU officials are taking advantage of their members for political purposes.”

“Workers typically have part of their wages docked when they take industrial action. For senior CPSU officials to tell their workers that they’re striking over pay and conditions when actually it’s about political point scoring for the Labor Party is disgraceful,” he said.

“It’s clear that the union is acting in their own best interests and the best interests of the Labor Party – not the interests of their members.”