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Industrial action - a flop

Issued: 13 September 2016

Last Friday the
CPSU called for a day of Commonwealth public sector industrial action. In
contrast to the predictions of the CPSU leadership the industrial action turned
out to be subdued.  Friday had lower participation than previous
stoppages. The impact on services was minor.

In the
Department of Human Services, the largest Commonwealth employer, approximately
15 per cent of its 34,500 employees participated and only one site had to

At the
Australian Taxation Office 731, or 3.7 per cent of its 20,000 employees
participated. There was no impact on services to clients.

In the
Department of Immigration and Border Protection, including the Australian
Border Force, less than four per cent of its 13,500 employees participated.
Impact on services was low.

The Department
of the Environment and Energy had only 36 of its 2,400 employees participate,
with no impact.

In the
Department of Parliamentary Services, only 27 of its 894 employees
participated, again with no impact to services.

The union
leaders' calls to create industrial havoc and inconvenience the public have
fallen flat. Some union members must wonder why they are losing another day's

The best course
of action would be to engage in constructive bargaining to finalise enterprise
agreements which offer pay rises for the next three years. The path of
industrial action continuously fails to move the bargaining agenda one iota.

Media contact:
Emma Perkins  0409 498 006  mediaenquiries [at] apsc.gov.au

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018