09.09.2016

Public service strike aims to drag ministers into enterprise bargaining


Federal government members of the Community and Public Sector Union are on strike again, trying to force ministers to step into Australian Public Service negotiations, while their fellow members at the ABC are voting on whether to take their own industrial action.

Thousands of public servants are taking part in Friday’s 24-hour strike, which involves protests at the offices of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as well as other ministers and members of the government.

A large group from the giant service delivery conglomerate that is the Department of Human Services has been joined by contingents from other agencies that have yet to sign new agreements. They include the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Defence, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

According to the union, waiting times for transactions in person or over the phone with DHS agencies like Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency will increase as a result, but they will also take their message directly to ministers including Peter Dutton, Michaelia Cash, Nigel Scullion, Christopher Pyne and Josh Frydenberg.

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