CPSU is happy to announce the winner of the CPSU (SPSF) National Child Protection Delegate Award 2020 is Sue Flatters from Rural After Hours in Victoria. The Child Protection Delegate Awards are held to recognise the contribution of Child Protection Delegates to their field and their union. Members are asked to nominate delegates who are working to make child protection better for their colleagues and the children they protect. Sue was nominated for her tireless work representing Rural After Hours and Division staff during a very stressful period over the past year.
Congratulations to the SASS Team at Shoalhaven High School NSW who are our winners of the CPSU (SPSF) School Support Staff Awards for 2020. CPSU's school support staff awards were created to recognise the contribution of our school support staff members to their school community. The award is for a school support team that best demonstrates the union values of fairness, equality, and opportunity in the community. The SASS team at Shoalhaven High School was nominated for their continued work supporting and providing stability for their school community.
It has been a year like no other. Nobody could have predicted that in just a few months what we all thought was normal would be thrown on its head and we would see governments deliberately shutting down business, closing our borders and curtailing our movements. As a state we can be proud of what we have achieved together in Tasmania during this pandemic. We had the outbreak in the North-West but that was jumped on very quickly and avoided the catastrophic situation we have witnessed elsewhere.
School Support Staff work together every day to make schooling happen. To acknowledge their great work, we are asking for nominations from schools of a school support staff team who should be recognised for their contribution. If you know a team you would like to nominate, you can do this here. To be eligible for the prize, the team needs to consist of CPSU members. If those who are nominated aren’t members yet, they can
Australian Unions have launched a survey on the impacts people are experiencing whilst working from home during the pandemic. The survey will help unions gain insights into workers’ attitudes to WFH prior to this becoming a more permanent feature of work into the future. The results will be used to build a claim for working people of what concerns exist and what protections need to be built into any WFH system if this is to become part of the ‘new normal’. You can take the survey here
Australia’s rate of unemployment is going up, and FAST! That's why are we launching a National Jobs Plan. We know young people, women, and workers in rural and regional Australia are being hit the hardest. Without a plan that addresses the issues of job insecurity, inequality and record-low wage growth, unemployment is likely to get worse.
Australian Unions will be launching a National Jobs Plan at the National Press Club, on Wednesday, 15th July. At the National Press Club I will outline the plan, which focuses on three core areas:
This UN Public Service Day, workers stand on the brink. After a decade of brutal austerity, pay cuts and deteriorating conditions, Covid-19 has put staff around the world through the ultimate stress test.
Two Prime Ministers and three Industrial Relations Ministers tried to pass it and yesterday they finally stopped. Thanks to our efforts Ensuring Integrity is off the agenda. Working people in Australia have had the threat of the so called “Ensuring Integrity” Bill hanging over our heads, threatening to break up our unions, to strip away our democratic rights and make it harder to win secure jobs and fair pay. As of yesterday that threat is gone.
Australian Unions have released a comprehensive blueprint for rebuilding the economy and restoring jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Before the virus we were living with the devastating effects of thirty years of trickle-down economics: a decimated social safety net, millions of people in insecure work, and stagnant wage growth. Returning to business as usual is not good enough. This is our opportunity to build an economy that works for everyone.