Public Sector Secure New Agreement

Members of the CPSU/CSA have voted YES to a new Union collective Agreement with the McGowan Government. 

CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Rikki Hendon said the state government’s first offer failed to adequately address the Union’s pay and conditions claim but, after campaigning by members, a much improved second offer was received.

“Our Union has won significant improvements through this campaign, including paid superannuation on unpaid parental leave, more bereavement leave, paid Cultural and Ceremonial Leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, an increase to casual loading, better traineeship rates and a new public sector holiday. 

“In finalising this Agreement, we have secured conditions which provide practical and financial benefits to public sector workers, and broken the government’s wages policy in the process.

“The innovative, ground-breaking conditions won in this campaign will not only improve the lives of public sector workers in the short term, but will also contribute to breaking down inequality in our workplaces and society in the longer term. 

“With thousands of members voting overwhelmingly to accept the offer, it is clear that public sector workers see real value in these improved conditions, which will now be embedded into the public sector for generations to come. 

“The new Agreement includes an immediate $1000 pay rise and a further $1000 increase on 13 June 2020, but the hard work doesn’t end here. 

“This Agreement was endorsed as a two year deal and lines up the next round of bargaining to coincide with the 2021 state election.

“We will continue to campaign for change to the government’s wages policy until it reflects a commitment to genuinely negotiate fair pay increases that support employees and stimulate our local economy,” she said.

Further information: 

  1. Wages Policy was updated and reissued by Public Sector Labour Relations on 5 July 2019 to reflect the Union’s cost-item inclusions.
  2. CPSU/CSA’s new Agreement will be lodged with the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
  3. The new agreement covers over 38,000 general public sector workers across WA
  4. Professions include; child protection workers, community corrections (parole) officers, park rangers, Perth Zoo workers, WorkSafe officers, WA Art Gallery workers and many more.
  5. 87% of members voted YES

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