Statement from the Commissioner: Good faith bargaining matters

Last updated: 25 Oct 2016

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Noel Towell's article " Public service bargaining brawl gets hearing in work tribunal" contains inaccurate reporting about current good faith bargaining matters being heard by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Contrary to the article's assertion, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) will not be appearing in the FWC today, 25 October 2016.

Unfortunately the article appears to draw on recent CPSU misrepresentations about this matter. The facts were not checked with the APSC before publication.

At the 7 October 2016 hearing, the FWC indicated that it may be assisted if the APSC was present to explain aspects of the Government's bargaining policy.

No direction for the APSC to appear was made.

Proceedings involving the Department of Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Department of Defence are now being heard by the FWC. No request has been made of the APSC to attend these proceedings.

The agencies involved will be representing their own bargaining positions and defending their own conduct in these cases.

The CPSU has repeatedly sought to draw other parties into its good faith bargaining cases. It is time that the union stopped playing games and got on with dealing with the cases it has brought against the agencies involved.

John Lloyd

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