Union members at Veterans’ Affairs vote to join industrial fray

Union members at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have voted resoundingly to take industrial action rather than accept the best deal their bosses are allowed to offer.

Union members at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs have followed their comrades at the Department of Human Services with 95% voting to take industrial action.

The Community and Public Sector Union has claimed the result as “another blow” to the federal government’s “harsh” position on public sector remuneration.

But Employment Minister Eric Abetz, who has responsibility for the public service, shows no sign of backing down. Yesterday in the Senate, Abetz said the median of public service payrises over the past decade was 14% above the rate of inflation, and denied the union’s repeated claim that the government is intent on cutting rights and conditions.

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says members at DVA have “made a commitment not to disrupt payments to veterans, widows and their families”.

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