Your Agreement Your Vote Forums Run Down

on Monday, 20 February 2017.


On the 13 February we kicked off five days’ worth of Your Agreement, Your Vote Forums in target seats across the metropolitan area.

We had invited all of the local candidates for the target seats to participate in a panel discussion and Q&A session. The forums were a chance for members to directly ask the people who want to represent them in the State Parliament the questions they want answers to before they vote. 

We continued to encourage CPSU/CSA members to elect a government that will ensure that the public sector can continue to deliver valued services to West Australians. 

The members invited to the forums are electors in the key seats that will shape the Government this election. They have a crucial role in determining who will form Government after the 11th March 2017 and the forums were a unique opportunity to make an informed decision ahead of the start of early voting on the 20th February.

The forums were a fascinating insight into the policies of the parties.

Here’s the wrap up of each event:


Panellists for this event were: Louise Dickmann (Greens), Lisa O’Malley (WA Labor), Steve Kepert (Independent), Carl Maddox (Julie Matheson for WA), Alex Brownbill (Flux) and Richard Eldridge (One Nation).

While we expected Roe8 to be an issue people wanted to talk about, the key question was about permanency and we got some interesting answers. Lisa O’Malley from Labor talked about the Labor policy to convert public sector staff to permanency as part of a commitment to providing real improvements to essential services. Louise Dickmann (a TAFE Lecturer) said “I understand there should be a mix of casuals but at the moment it is out of whack, and it becomes very stressful to do our work” and Steve Kepert, the Independent for Bicton who is running on a platform of opposing the Pert h Freight Link said: “There are people with a lot less job security out there than people in the public service.” Alex Brownbill made it clear that the Flux Party method is to ask people what they want to rather than having a view themselves and Richard Eldridge from One Nation said “Job security is very important.”


Emily Hamilton (WA Labor for Joondalup), Max Wilson (Independent for Wanneroo), Sabine Winton (WA Labor for Wanneroo), Alison Xamon (Greens for North Metro) and Alannah MacTiernan (WA Labor for North Metro) took part in our panel.

Our Q and A discussion was very interesting with all candidates indicating their support for the sector. Alison Xamon and Emily Hamilton talked about their membership of the CPSU/CSA and what it had meant to them to be members.

Alannah MacTiernan and Alison Xamon also talked about the need for institutional memory in the public sector.


Terry Healy (WA Labor), Steven Secker (Independent) and Ash Srivastava (Julie Matheson for WA) took part in our panel.

Terry Healy talked about his experience as a teacher and the impact of funding cuts on the support staff at his school saying “I have 32 kids in my English class and I lost core staff, and it really hurt me because it hurt my kids.

Steven Secker is also passionate about education and talked about the Government’s will to find money for big projects while they cut the public sector.

Ash Srivatava opposes privatisation of prisons saying: In the US prisons have been privatised, what does a business man who runs a prison want? More business, but the public sector doesn’t want more business there’s the difference.”


This was our biggest forum with seven candidates on the panel. They were: David Michael (WA Labor for Balcatta), Anne-Marie Ricciardi (Greens for Morley), Amber Jade Sanderson (WA Labor for Morley), Matt Roberts (Greens for Mt Lawley), Simon Millman (WA Labor for Mt Lawley), Tim Clifford (Greens for East Metro) and Jim Taylor (Flux for the East Metro).

David Michael and Tim Clifford are both members of the CPSU/CSA. It’s worth noting that the Liberal member for Morley did send his apologies for this forum. The first question was about the wage increase with the Labor panellists saying that a fair wage was essential but in the current economic conditions, the permanency provisions and secure employment are important. Tim Clifford from the Greens talked about the importance of reclassification of positions and conversion to permanency from contracts.


This was our most lively forum to date with Jessica Shaw (WA Labor), Danusha BHOWANIAH (Julie Matheson for WA), Evan Webb (Greens) and Julie Matheson (Julie Matheson for WA). The One Nation candidate, Sandra Old had apologetically withdrawn earlier in the day saying that she had been advised by her party leader not to attend.

During question time, a member asked Julie Matheson about her promise to axe 22 Departments. This started a lively discussion between the candidates about the role of the public sector. Jessica Shaw made it clear that she thought that public sector were simply doing their jobs as directed by the Government and that the solution to an issue with a department is to change the government not cut the department.

The Ellenbrook train was also a hot issue with Labor promising that it would be delivered and there was much debate about the GST with the Julie Matheson for WA representatives arguing strongly that they thought WA deserved more GST funding.


Get Ready for March 11

on Thursday, 16 February 2017.


Check Your Enrolment Details before February 9

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If your postal address for correspondence has changed, you should update your details as soon as possible.

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Check Your Electorate

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Talking To Members In Target Seats

on Friday, 10 February 2017.

From the 31 January to the 9 February, we called members in target seats inviting them personally to out Your Agreement, Your Vote forums being held between the 13th and 17th February.

We made over 1000 calls to members, talking about Your Union Agreement and the campaign to elect a government that will ensure that the public sector can continue to deliver valued services to West Australians.

Regional Members Action

on Monday, 30 January 2017.

We kicked off our regional action on the 30 January. We are asking our regional members to send an email to their local Nationals WA candidate and Nationals Leader, Brendon Grylls, asking Mr Grylls to meet with us about Your Union Agreement.

Take part in the action by emailing your candidate

The Greens Stop By For A Visit

on Friday, 20 January 2017.

Alison Xamon stopped by the CSA centre to get the latest details on our Your Union Agreement campaign. Alison has signed up to attend our Your Agreement, Your Vote Forum in Wanneroo and Joondalup.

Campaign Delegates Briefing

on Thursday, 19 January 2017.

On the 19th January we briefed delegates about the Your Union Agreement campaign and talked to them about them about the negotiation so far, the political landscape and what we need to do to influence the outcome of the State election.

We discussed our strategy to target seats where our members vote could make the difference. These seats are likely to be close and whichever party wins them will likely win government.

The target seats are:

Policy Evaluation and Discussion with Labor

on Thursday, 12 January 2017.

During the Christmas / New Year break we worked hard on the evaluating the policies Labor had announced in December and sought clarification from them on a range of issues that we know will be important to members. We had some constructive discussions with Labor about permanency, labour hire and our concerns about the Service Priority Review and Key Performance Indicator’s.

Labor Announces Senior Executive Service Changes

on Thursday, 08 December 2016.

One week after announcing their public sector policy — WA Labor leader Mark McGowan, announced a number of measures that aim to drive cultural change in the public sector in a speech to the Committee for Economic Development. The measures are outlined within the policy document ‘Delivering Real Outcomes for the Community’.


Labor Cabinet to develop up to 20 Key Performance Indicators to measure performance of Government;       

Heads of Departments to be measured against Key Performance Indicators with 20% of their salaries linked to successful outcomes;

A 20% reduction in the number of Senior Executive Service positions;

Service Priority Review to reduce the number of agencies by 20%.   

We are aware that the budget position of the Government is parlous, and we understand that any future Government has a responsibility to redress the debt situation West Australians have been put in.

CPSU/CSA members are our priority and members have been clear with us that their priority is the delivery of valued services to West Australians.

The CPSU/CSA will seek to engage on behalf of members with the Service Priority Review to ensure that our members concerns, ideas and aspirations are met.

Labor announces Public Sector Policy

on Friday, 02 December 2016.

WA Labor released their Public Sector Policy and their plan for the public sector, should they be elected in March 2017. It is a worthwhile read and it's certainly a public sector policy we can work with. Download the policy here.     

The Policy commits to providing real improvements to essential public services and recognises that this cannot be achieved without an effective, functional and well-resourced public sector. Importantly, the policy announces a review of contract for service arrangements, putting a stop to privatisation, criteria for conversion to permanency and ten days of domestic and family violence leave. Your Union Agreement makes the case for all of these items and it's great to see an alternative government pushing for a skilled, well-resourced and supported public sector.

Your Union Agreement Goes To Geraldton

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.

As part of our trip, we encouraged members to attend a jobs forum being held by Labor and to make the case there for the issues that matter to them in Geraldton. Overwhelmingly, the conversation was dominated by TAFE issues with locals understanding that education is critical to the employment prospects of Geraldton youth. Public Sector cuts and permanency are high on the agenda too with the Leader of the Opposition acknowledging that permanency is critical to regional economies.

We visited a number of agencies including Police, Agriculture, Child Protection and Family Services, Corrective Services, Housing and the Courts. We also caught up with our delegate and ‘no trade-offs’ champion Andrea Davis.

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