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Constitution Curtailing PS Bargaining Rights

The impact on public sector bargaining of the implied constitutional limitation on Commonwealth interference with State governments is still not well enough understood, according to CPSU SPSF Group Federal and Victorian Secretary Karen Batt.  Batt, who last year became the union's longest-serving Victorian secretary after 20 years in the role says the "rise of constitutional arguments" and their application to public sector employment is the biggest change that has occurred during her tenure.  Government bargaining, she said, is now intrinsically linked with arguments over the operation of

Abbott Cuts Cascade to Hit State Services

After 3 years of cuts and austerity budgets from our State Government a further $80billion shortfall is now being forced onto States by federal budget cuts.  This will have a cascading affect across all our state delivered services.  Our National Health Reform Agreements include funding guarantees which were designed to increase the Commonwealth's contribution to hospital funding but the federal budget removed those guarantees from July 1.  The Abbott Government also announced in the budget that from July 1, 2017, it will remove the current indexation arrangements for hospital funding and w