Public servants go on national strikes over pay demands

PUBLIC servants at Federal Government departments across the country will begin a series of strikes today after several years of failed pay negotiations.

Staff at Medicare, Centrelink, the Tax Office, Defence, the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Bureau of Statistics are all expected to walk out.

The Department of Education, Department of Environment, GeoScience Australia, IP Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will also be affected.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) said employees were fed up after two years of negotiations over pay and conditions, with no deal struck.

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood said the Government was trying to remove family-friendly conditions that allowed employees to balance work and parenting responsibilities.

ABC News

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