Your Union Agreement

MAY 2022

Paint the town red with our new Public Sector Alliance poster!

Download the poster.

What to do with your PSA Public Support Poster

Choose a local cafe, deli or business that members and workers in your area frequent.

Ask the business if they would be able to put the poster up in their window to show their support for the public sector workers and our campaign.

If they agree, offer to check-in and tag their business on your social media with a photo of the poster. This will benefit the local business by encouraging other pubic sector workers to choose their business. Take a photo of the poster and tag their business, @cpsucsa and our campaign hashtags #yua22 #keepyourpromisepremier #waneedsapayrise on your preferred platform (Facebook, Instagram).

Let us know where other members can support local businesses who support our campaign by emailing [email protected]


Your Union Agreement 22 Claim has officially been lodged!

On Monday 28 February, the CPSU/CSA formally lodged the log of claims for Your Union Agreement 2022 with Government.

It includes a pay claim that recognises your contribution to our state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of years of restrictive wages policies, and the need for you to see real wage growth moving forward:

The greater of 4% pa or Perth CPI* + 0.75% in the first year; and

The greater of 4% pa or Perth CPI* + 0.5% in the remaining year(s) of the Agreement.
*For the March Qtr in which year it applies

Our claim also seeks new and improved conditions, which were identified as priorities by thousands of CPSU/CSA members in our recent Your Union Agreement survey and reflect the changing landscape of work in a world that is continually adjusting to the pandemic and its impact on our lives.

  • Infectious Diseases Leave as a new clause enshrined in your Agreement so that it cannot be withdrawn without the consent of the Union or workers. 
  • Additional Personal Leave to care for yourself and/or others experiencing mental health challenges.
  • Strengthened Working From Home provisions that limit your employer’s discretion to refuse your request to work from home.
  • A new clause articulating your Right to Disconnect from work outside your specified hours of availability (with the exception of emergency situations or genuine welfare matters), and requiring your employer not to contact you or expect you to respond to emails or phone calls outside your hours of work. 

Download the claim in full here.

In a letter sent to workers across the sector last December, Premier Mark McGowan recognised the heavy lifting of public sector workers as contributing to budget repair and keeping our state safe throughout the pandemic. He also said:

The new wages policy provides public sector unions with a choice, by industrial agreement, of a two year setting that offers above-CPI wage increases

Your Union Agreement claim holds him to his word. With Perth CPI coming in at 5.7% for the most recent financial quarter, the actual pay increases provided for in the new wages policy fall short of delivering real wage growth for public sector workers. The pay rises proposed in our claim will bring members closer to recovering from years of suppressed wages. 

Together, we will use our member power to hold the Premier to his promise and bargain for an Agreement that moves your pay and conditions forward.

Download the claim in full here.


We see your Wages Policy, and raise you a December Qtr CPI

In December, the Premier proudly thanked public sector workers in a letter that also put forward Government's new Wages Policy position on pay. There is one key sentence we wish to draw your attention to:   

"The new wages policy provides public sector unions with a choice, by industrial agreement,
of a two year setting that offers above-CPI wage increases…”

Get ready to campaign and bargain…starting with holding the Premier to his word. Share Your Union Agreement progress with colleagues, friends and family.


Statement: Wages Policy Falls Short for Members

The 2021/22 Mid-Year Review, delivered by Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan this afternoon, has revealed critical information about the WA State Government’s new wages policy for public sector workers.

What has been announced today does not provide the new Government wages policy in full. The devil will be in the detail.

Read the full statement.

Other coverage:

Public sector pay rise, COVID isolation payment revealed in WA mid-year economic review (ABC)

WA public service in for pay rise, union cautious on details (The Mandarin)


Public Sector Alliance Mass Members Meeting

Public Sector Union Members joined forces at Perth Town Hall to call for an end to wages policy and restrictive bargaining caps.


CPSU/CSA Wages Policy Submission

A Proud, Productive Public Sector Workforce — The Community and Public Sector Union/The Civil Service Association of Western Australia Incorporated (CPSU/CSA) Submission to the 2021 WA State Government Wages Policy Review is now available.



WA Deserves A Pay Rise

Member participation in Your Union Agreement campaign this year has been incredible:

  • More than 55 Paid Union Meetings run by members and delegates
  • More than 500 Members have attended meetings
  • Dozens of new members joining the union and new delegates stepping up every day


Your Union Agreement 2021 has been registered!

Instructions will now be sent to your employer to process your backpay and implement your pay rise.

To confirm the exact date your pay rise and lump sum back payment will go through, please check with your payroll department. 

The registration of the Agreement also means that you will be able to immediately benefit from improved provisions, such as the new conversion to permanency clause. Read more.




State Budget: Wages Policy Gone

Union members have greeted the scrapping of the McGowan government’s outdated and restrictive Wages Policy with enthusiasm. 

CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Rikki Hendon has welcomed the government’s decision to end its policy of wage suppression and bring forward a review of government wages policy. 

"The collective might of public sector union members has brought an end to five years of the $1000 pay cap."



YUA 2021 Agreement Update

Your Public Sector CSA Agreement 2021 has been signed and sent to the WA Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) for registration.

This means that members under this agreement are one step closer to receiving their pay increases, backdated to 13 June 2021.

Conditions improvements, including the new 'conversion to permanency' mechanism will come into effect immediately upon registration.


JUNE 2021

Unions launch Public Sector Alliance

WA's biggest Unions have officially launched The Public Sector Alliance to break wages policy and bring back fair and true bargaining power to the public sector.

The Alliance brings together your Union, the CPSU/CSA, alongside members from SSTUWA, Health Services Union, WA Prison Officers Union, and United Workers Union to name a few.

This is the biggest joining of Unions for collective action in WA, and sends a powerful message to the McGowan government that Wages Policy will not stand.


MAY 2021

YUA 2021 Agreement Update

The 12-month agreement which replaces the 2019-2021 Public Sector CSA Agreement is in the final stages of drafting. Members will receive updates as the agreement moves towards final registration



Offer received from government to extend Your Union Agreement by 12 months

This extension was recommended by your CPSU/CSA Delegates and secures a 12-month agreement and a $1000 per annum pro rata pay-rise from June this year.


The power of 2022 Public Sector Alliance

Negotiating at the same time as other unions will enable us to join together and utilise our greater collective power to fight for better conditions and break wages policy.

The Power of 2022

Find out more about the power of 2022

Ballot timeline

Acceptance of this offer will be subject to a ballot and drafting.
The offer locks in:

  • $1000 pay rise per annum pro-rata commencing June 2021. 

  • Ongoing public sector reviews, including reviews into labour-hire and your discounted public transport scheme 

  • A new ongoing "Pathway to Permanency" conversion process for contract and casual workers, which will be embedded into your Agreement

  • A new timeline for bargaining, so public sector Unions can join together and fight wages policy in 2022. 

Get the full story on how we're locking in our wins.

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