CPSU members who work in Parliament House met today with ACTU President Michele O’Neil and CPSU National Secretary Melissa Donnelly. They have signed an open outlining 5 key demands for change in their workplace.
Every employer in every workplace has an obligation to ensure that employees are safe. In this respect the Morrison Government has failed employees at Parliament House.
CPSU members are calling for the following changes to be implemented immediately:
- An independent and confidential complaints process, which is victim-centric, that staff can have confidence in, and that ensures there are consequences for poor behaviour;
- A safe workplace that guarantees workers’ workplace health and safety rights, that includes mandatory training for parliamentarians and staff, safe reporting mechanisms, and data reporting to workplace health and safety committees or equivalent;
- Provisions to mitigate gendered violence and sexual harassment agreed to in the MOPS Enterprise Agreement currently under negotiation, and in the current workplace health and safety policies for the Department of House of Representatives, Department of the Senate, Department of Parliamentary Services, Department of Finance and Parliamentary Budget Office and other APS agencies, until they can be inserted into relevant industrial agreements;
- Appropriate, specialised, and ongoing support services for all workers in Parliamentary workplaces; and