ATO workers strike, further agencies to follow

By The Mandarin

May 12, 2015

Tax workers will today kick off a series of strikes that will roll out across public service departments over the next week, the Community and Public Sector Union says.

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says the strikes are intended to highlight government cuts to pay and conditions, and further expected job losses.

However, Australian Services Union members have been told to stay at work.

Describing the last 12 months as “a year of stalled bargaining negotiations and deep cuts”, Flood says the government is using the negotiations to attack the living standards, pay and conditions of public servants. So far the Australian Tax Office has cut its footprint by 4400 employees.

“The government has already cut 11,000 public sector jobs in the past year, a massive hit and the third straight year of cuts. This government has gutted the Tax Office with 4400 people gone, decimated the CSIRO with one in five staff gone, and cut the ABC.

“Not content with cutting the jobs of so many people, this Government is now attacking workplace rights and conditions and pay in the public service by offering a deal so draconian that no one could accept it. No major private sector employer in Australia is making these sorts of offers.

“Workers are being asked to cop a cut to rights and conditions, in return for low annual pay offers of between 0% and 1% a year that leave real wages going backwards.”

The CPSU claims public servants in Human Services, Defence, Immigration, Customs, Agriculture and the Bureau of Meteorology are also preparing or taking industrial action over “low-ball pay offers” that also include less favourable conditions.

Tuesday’s strike locations

Perth ATO office, 45 Francis St, Northbridge
Adelaide north end Victoria Square
Melbourne 655 Collins St Docklands
Brisbane Public Service Club: 84 William St, Brisbane
Townsville Breezeway beside the Commonwealth Building
Hobart Wall of Friendship, 188 Collins Street (The Govt Centre)
Albury Car park behind ATO office Bolt lane
Newcastle Civic Park
Parramatta Parramatta Park, at the gates on the corner of O’Connell and George Streets


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