Union votes to step up industrial campaign against government


The CPSU vows to escalate an industrial campaign against the Abbott government, agreeing to consider strike action over disputes at dozens of Commonwealth agencies.

The public sector union has voted to step up its dispute with the Abbott government, threatening industrial action against tough bargaining positions across the Commonwealth system.

Community and Public Sector Union leaders met at a governing council meeting in Melbourne today, voting to endorse the “use of protected industrial action that is consistent with the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, mobilising workers and commencing preparations to allow members to take protected industrial action that is required to protect their rights”.

The union says action could include work bans, stoppages, strikes and a “range of other campaign activities”.

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says industrial action is a “last resort” and the union would prefer to resolve issues at the bargaining table. But she said in a statement:

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