Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Government Welcomes Ruling To Help Keep Children Safe Over Christmas
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government’s application to stop industrial action which would have put vulnerable children at further risk has been supported by Fair Work Australia, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today.
“Terminating these work bans is a good outcome for vulnerable children. We can now make sure their safety is monitored over the Christmas period.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“Jeopardising the safety of children who are already at risk is not the way to reach an EBA outcome. We need to get back to the negotiating table and finalise pay and conditions for all VPS employees.”
Fair Work Australia Commissioner Greg Smith ruled for a termination of all industrial action across the Victorian Public Service, giving the parties 21 days to come to an agreement.
The initial 21-day conciliation period can be extended by another 21 days if needed. If no agreement is reached after that time the matter will be referred to Fair Work Australia for independent arbitration.
Ms. Wooldridge said the government had been negotiating in good faith with the CPSU and had already offered frontline child protection workers a pay increase of up to 15 % recognising the critical work they do to support vulnerable Victorians.