Tax office protest rallies

May 9, 2009

Fifteen hundred Australian Taxation Office (ATO) workers protested outside their workplaces around the country on May 7.

The rallies, organised by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), highlighted threats to jobs and working conditions in the ATO. ATO management has prepared a document, the Operations Business Model, that proposes replacing many full-time, permanent workers with "non-ongoing", outsourced and part-time workers.

9point = It is also taking a hard line in negotiations on a new agency agreement, trying to reduce workers' rights in areas such as leave and rostering.

The rallies passed a motion demanding ATO management makes an agreement with the CPSU guaranteeing "job security, no cuts to conditions, and a fair pay rise".

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