Community and Public Sector Union Victoria (CPSU)
When people first think about joining a Union they often have questions about the benefits and responsibilities that come with being a Union member.
Just fill out a membership form online or print off and post or fax it to the address at the top of the form and join the other fifteen thousand members in Victoria .
By being a member of the CPSU you have your views represented and your voice heard and you never have to deal with issues at work alone. It’s not just you against the system; you have the collective strength of union members beside you at all times. There are also extra benefits to collective representation such as a discount shopping, fair home loans, financial planning and legal advice, and most importantly the ability to have a real say in improving life at your workplace and wages and conditions through union Enterprise Bargaining.
No. Not always. Union bargaining outcomes are only as strong as its membership numbers. If you and your workmates are not prepared to join the Union then it’s just you and your colleagues on your own, and chances are every time you negotiate by yourself conditions will be taken away. But with all of your colleagues organised and standing beside you we all have the collective strength to win improvements.
Going on strike is usually seen as the last resort and only during bargaining periods [when Agreements have expired]. The decision to take any form of industrial action is always a democratic one. All CPSU Agreements include a comprehensive dispute resolution process with the emphasis on resolving differences. CPSU does not dictate to members how they should fight for change. Our Union Organisers' most commonly asked question will be 'what would you like me to do' it’s your workplace and your Union, you decide what you think is appropriate, if appropriate.
No. It is illegal to discriminate against anyone who joins a Union.
Joining the union is not about causing trouble. It's about your desire to join together with colleagues to improve your workplace. You win respect at work because you are committed to change through collective organised action. You have rights as an employee and the government has responsibilities as an Employer.
Fine. When you join the Union, we don't expect you to tell anyone if you don't want to. But the resources of the Union will always be there for you.
Some members become workplace contacts and take an active role by informing other colleagues at work about union issues, while some assist in negotiations with management, while others don't even tell anyone that they're a member. The responsibilities are whatever you want them to be. The union is governed by rules. You decide how active you are. The Union will never tell you what role to play; it's up to you.
If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call CPSU on (03) 9639 1822 or toll free on 1800 810 153 or use any of our digital channels.