ATO workers strike, further agencies to follow

Tax Workers to stop work today at 10.30am, Community and Public Sector Union says. Public service is striking to draw attention to wage and entitlement negotiations and job losses. However, Australian Services Union members were told to be “prudent” and stay away.

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.

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