Public service in revolt, union says, with Defence seeking vote


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Defence Department civilians have been offered a pay rise below the minimal increase given to military personnel. The union is applying to take industrial action to join other departments in revolt.

Half the Commonwealth public service is in revolt over pay offers, the union says, as the federal government holds firm in the face of rolling industrial action.

Workers at the Department of Defence have rejected their pay offer from the government, with the Community and Public Sector Union applying to the Fair Work Commission tomorrow for permission to hold a ballot on strike and other industrial action.

The CPSU says if the move is successful agencies that count for more than half of the Commonwealth’s 159,126 public servants will have started or are planning industrial action.

Defence civilian staff would join colleagues at the departments of Human Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Employment and Agriculture, along with staff at the Australian Taxation Office and the CSIRO.

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