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Media statement: Correct position on APS bargaining

An article in today's Canberra Times, 13 October 2016, makes several inaccurate claims.

The article states that bargaining in ten agencies is now being mediated by the Fair Work Commission. This is not correct. The Fair Work Commission will now move to deal with the good faith bargaining claims made by CPSU against the agencies.

The Australian Public Service Commission is not involved in these matters as a bargaining party.

The CPSU attempted to draw the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service into the dispute and failed. The union agreed to the removal of the Minister as a respondent to its application. I am bemused that the union appears to be claiming this as advancing its position.

The CPSU's time wasting moves are putting potential pay rises for tens of thousands of public servants at risk of not being received before Christmas. Public servants are tired of the union's games and delaying tactics. Most want to vote on new agreements and get on with the job.

Since the federal election, 12 out of 13 agreements put to a vote have been accepted by employees. This includes agreements for the Australian Electoral Commission, the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Special Broadcasting Service and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. In total, 68 new agreements
have been voted up in 64 agencies.

Media contact: 02 6202 3540 mediaenquiries [at] apsc.gov.au