‘Double-dipping’ cuts to PS parental leave may drive bargaining demands

Public servants stand to lose thousands of dollars in parental leave entitlements as the government moves to stop “double-dipping” access to public and workplace payments, possibly fueling enterprise bargaining demands.

Ahead of the release of the federal budget tomorrow, the federal government has announced it will move to prevent so-called “double-dipping” for workers who claim both public and employer paid parental leave payments, including many public servants.

The change will save around $1 billion over four years, according to Treasurer Joe Hockey, and will potentially see the entitlements of thousands of public servants cut.

In 2013-14, 553 Department of Human Services employees took 14 weeks maternity leave at full pay, 1052 at half-pay, and 1314 were on leave without pay, says The Australian, costing the department $18.7 million.

1110 DHS staff took both parental leave payments from both the department and the national scheme.

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