Updated 15/05/2024
The Labor Government’s 2024 Budget is a good budget for working people, with wages forecast to rise, commitments to pay increases in the care economy, cost-of-living support on top of the July 1 tax cuts, and a historic commitment to the jobs we need, including manufacturing jobs in Australia.  Higher wages are the centrepiece of the Federal Budget with real wages going up by 4 percent for this financial year the same amount that they went up in total over the 10 years of the Coalition Govern... -->
Updated 09/05/2024
CPSU believes striking the balance by generating surpluses to fund big build borrowings while investing in skills to continue delivering vital public services to a growing population during workforce shortages is an achievement and should be stated. As Victoria's population soars its a huge relief for public services that, after contributing $4-5bill in savings over the last two years, there's no further imposition in this budget.  There's some stings though including;WIV $8.02mil... -->
Updated 03/05/2024
Employees classified at VPS Grade 5 and above may be expected to undertake reasonable additional hours to support service delivery.  New Overtime arrangements for these employees will be included in the Best Practice Employment Commitment (BPEC) and consequential amendments will be made to clause 41 (reasonable hours of work) of the Agreement to give effect to the BPEC commitment.Overtime (certain provisions), hours of work, and workload review clauses in the Agreement will apply.New guidance i... -->
Updated 02/05/2024
A new reproductive health leave clause providing five days non-cumulative paid leave for full-time employees, pro-rata for part-time employees will be included in the proposed new Victorian Public Service Agreement 2024.Workers can use the leave when they are unable to work because of a reproductive health reason, or when they are receiving treatment for endometriosis or poly cystic ovary syndrome, menopause or menstruation, complications associated with a pregnancy, or if they are receiving fer... -->
Updated 02/05/2024
Like all employers in Victoria, the VPS must ensure it has modern and flexible work arrangements which both attract and retain talent in the public service and support service delivery to the Victorian community.To meet current and future workforce and service delivery challenges, the parties have agreed to a joint feasibility study to explore how alternative ways of work could be implemented in a VPS context.The joint intent of this commitment is to work together to identify alternative ways of... -->
Updated 16/04/2024
CPSU and Victoria have today signed a heads of agreement that will deliver improved salaries and new conditions over the next four years.Pay Increases•    12.55% salary increase over life of Agreement paid in 3% annual instalments from 1 May of each year.•    Mobility Allowance (MA) superable payments retained (1.25% calculated at the top of Grade) paid 1st July each year.•    One off $5,600 lump sum cost of living cash payment per full time employee to be paid as soon as possible... -->
Updated 08/04/2024
After negotiations over the last two weeks to settle the outstanding items arising from a suggested way forward by the independent bargaining facilitator Julius Roe, the respective negotiating teams will now recommend that a head of Agreement can be entered into for a four-year Agreement between Victoria and CPSU that locks in payment dates and condition improvements.CPSU’s Victorian Branch Council is scheduled for Monday afternoon to endorse this way forward.Pay quanta and entitlement improve... -->
Updated 27/03/2024
PowerPoint slides from our member info sessions this week are available along with a recording of Briefing #2 (jump to 3.45 for session start)We should have more progress to report to members early to mid next week.  PowerPoint summary;Money - On the table now is 3% p.a., with effective dates to be finalised if there’s an in–principle agreement reached, plus from VPS 2020 the 1.25% superable mobility allowance payment continues which is calculated at top of grade from 1st July each year, pl... -->
Updated 06/03/2024
The State Labor Government has ignored the recommendations of a Legislative Council inquiry to re-open consultations and instead has struck a deal with the Liberal and National Party Opposition to pass legislation overnight to scuttle the WorkCover scheme. CPSU said that the Labor Government proceeding to slash access to compensation for workers suffering mental injury and ending support for those workers already with accepted claims after 130 weeks with Liberal support is a "devastating decisio... -->
Updated 05/03/2024
In the Victorian Public Service 59% are women, doing amazing and important work to support Victorians, and that’s something to celebrate. However, despite representing the majority of workers, many women in the public service are still falling behind their male colleagues in terms of pay, progression and promotion. So, while we celebrate VPS women and their achievements on International Women’s Day, it’s also important to remind the State of Victoria it is time to address inherent biases... -->
Updated 05/03/2024
ACTU Executive calls for increased action to ensure an urgent and lasting ceasefire in Gaza.  The ACTU Executive resolution on Gaza was endorsed by our Victorian Branch Council at its last meeting in February.... -->
Updated 29/02/2024
Our negotiating team is working hard to squeeze out the best possible outcome in the context of the government’s pay policy and are continuing negotiations on smaller changes to improve the Agreement.Key issues that the union remains focused on include:•    Salary Increases – Wages policy provides 3% per annum pay increases, plus CPSU has confirmed the mobility allowance payment from VPS Agreement 2020 of 1.25% every year remains from 1st July 2024 and would apply also in the 2025, 2026... -->
Updated 11/02/2024
The union movement has achieved some of the very big reforms that we set our sights on eight years ago that will fundamentally change workers’ rights for the better as well as fixing some of the issues that were outstanding with the Closing Loopholes Bill Mark 2 passing the Senate. The big ticket items are:1.    A definition of “employee” that overturns regressive High Court decisions which opened a path out of employment rights for all workers2.    A stronger definition of casual wo... -->
Updated 05/02/2024
Why are we bargaining?Improving the resources available to build better public services like pay, access to leave, career opportunities and allowances are all spelled out in our Victorian Public Service Agreement negotiated between CPSU and the Vic Government.Negotiations for our next agreement are underway now and former Fair Work Commissioner Julius Roe has been brought in as an independent facilitator to assist the parties.Get on board with CPSU to have your voice heard an... -->
Updated 29/01/2024
Workers received a major Christmas present with the Albanese Government securing the support of the Greens, Lydia Thorpe, David Pocock, and the Jacqui Lambie Network in the Senate to pass the first Closing Loopholes Bill.  These changes include:New rights for labour hire workers (same job, same pay)Criminalising and increasing fines for wage theft. Strong new rights for workplace delegatesStronger workplace safety laws, including industrial manslaughter and better rights for injured w... -->
Updated 22/01/2024
I was lucky enough to be sponsored on a study tour of the UN in Geneva last October.  This wonderful trip came after my name was drawn as the prize winner from the pool of people who recruited more than five (5) new union members in 2023.  The tour, run by the Victorian branch of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), took us to sixteen (16) different UN offices, specialised agencies, and non-government organisations (NGOs) over the five (5) days. We met with UN and other sta... -->
Updated 18/01/2024
Improving the resources available to build better public services like pay, access to leave, career opportunities and allowances are all spelled out in the VPS Agreement negotiated between CPSU and the Vic Government. Negotiations for our next agreement will commence very soon.CPSU has served the union's claims for our new agreement.  It was developed in consultation with your workplace delegates and incorporates input from members.The claim has been served on ov... -->
Updated 13/12/2023
The Bill if passed will preclude most mental injury claims from being accepted and CPSU strongly opposes the changes as it is not a modernisation of the WorkCover Scheme as the title suggests.  It is more of a demolition of the right of workers’ who have sustained an injury, disease, or illness in the course of employment to claim Workers’ compensation. CPSU contends that the changes proposed in the Bill, all affect injured workers whose injury has been caused by work, ... -->
Updated 11/12/2023
More than two-thirds of Victorian voters say they support a push by the state’s public servants for more flexible work arrangements and the right to work from home, as key unions ramp up industrial action in the lead-up to Christmas.The findings are contained in a survey by Resolve Political Monitor, conducted exclusively for The Age, which also found 54 per cent of voters backed a 20 per cent pay increase for the state’s public sector workforce over four years.The poll asked Victo... -->
Updated 27/11/2023
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence has begun. The Walk Against Family Violence took place last Friday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and it marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.This staggering list of women killed at the hands of ex/partners and family members is testament to the need for action on family violence.Family violence is a workplace issue. Gender-based violence is a human rights violation and a... -->
Updated 21/11/2023
The Covid19 pandemic continued to have a significant impact on the union’s operations during 2020-2021 however our financial statements show a strong result was achieved. Since March 2021 the union has been required to operate remotely due to public health restrictions. Union employees and officials have been required to work from home. Workplace visits, meetings, negotiations, training, and dispute resolution processes have needed to be conducted remotely via various ... -->
Updated 21/11/2023
Our financial statements for 2021/22 including the independent audited accounts have been released.  The Covid-19 pandemic continued to have a significant impact on the unions operations as we continued to operate remotely due to public health restrictions.  The union continued to operate remotely due to public health restrictions however hybrid working arrangements with union staff working partly from home and from our office commenced early in 2022 in line with easin... -->
Updated 21/11/2023
The audited financial statements and report on 2019/20 operations is available with Victorian Public Service (VPS) bargaining negotiations for a new whole of VPS enterprise agreement commencing in July 2019 with bargaining concluding during the reporting period. The agreement covers the VPS comprising 52 departments and agencies and over 50,000 employees. New agreements were approved by FWC for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Australian Council for E... -->
Updated 14/11/2023
Pre-existing Issues - CPSU is a membership based organisationWe provide assistance to financial members in relation to individual issues in relation to their employment that arise during the time that they are members.If an issue has arisen prior to joining, or during a time that a person was not a financial member of the union, assistance is limited to general advice about the best way to handle or manage the matter. Full support and representation is not provided.A full cop... -->
Updated 25/10/2023
The Government’s proposed changes to the WorkCover system in Victoria has a potential costly legal sting for employers already facing increasing premiums.The changes proposed by Labor could jeopardise the integrity of a no-fault system that has been in place for over a century. This system, initially designed to provide efficient support to injured workers without the need to prove employer negligence or breach of statutory duty, dates back to the introduction of Victoria’s first Workers' Co... -->