137 Years of CPSU

Updated 25/08/2023

Commencing in 1885, our union has been around for 137 years and has achieved incredible improvements in the conditions of the Victorian Public Sector workers.

The Community and Public Sector Union was founded in 1885 as the Victorian Public Service Association by public servants who desperately wanted the foundation of an independent system for setting their pay and conditions for Victorian Public Service workers, and an end to the system of political patronage.

Over 100 years later our broad aims remain similar to those of the founding president R.J.Ellery.

CPSU continues the struggle for fair and reasonable working conditions for the public service and our associated areas of coverage.

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