Industrial action - a flop
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 close.
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 pay.
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.
Emma Perkins 0409 498 006
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