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Edition Number 400. Updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014

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CPSU releases guide to 2014 claim

The Community and Public Sector Union has released an information guide to its 2014 claim for improved pay and conditions.

The current workplace agreement expires on 30 June 2014.

The National Secretary of the CPSU, Nadine Flood, said the claim was based on extensive research and consultation with thousands of union members and delegates.

It reflected widespread concerns on job security, employment conditions, pay and rights at work, she said.

Ms Flood said the union wanted to protect job security, employment conditions and workers' rights.

"Improving job security will prevent the loss of experienced staff, protect services and help regional areas already struggling with job losses," Ms Flood said.

Extensive consultation with members

She said the CPSU wanted no forced redundancies; protection of existing redundancy rights; improved redeployment arrangements including job swaps; better consultation; broad expression of interest processes for voluntary redundancy and no "spill and fill" processes.

"We also want to ensure that workloads are manageable and the Australian Public Service (APS) has conditions which will continue to attract and retain good people," Ms Flood said.

The CPSU wants existing leave entitlements protected; reasonable access to leave so people can take it when they need it; fair and manageable workloads; no increase to working hours; no cuts to flexitime; and flexitime for Executive Level staff, she said.

Ms Flood said the CPSU also wanted members to be covered by legally enforceable agreements and have access to the Fair Work Commission to resolve disputes.

Members also want to maintain the right to be represented by a union, she said.

Ms Flood said the CPSU was claiming a 4 per cent pay increase each year for three years; back-pay to cover the Government's delays; no change to guaranteed 15.4 per cent super; and more progress on pay equity across the APS.

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