21 Mar 2016

Australian public servants strike over pay talks

3:17 pm on 21 March 2016

Public servants at government departments across Australia have begun 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 walking out.

The Education and Environment departments, GeoScience Australia, I-P Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal will also be affected.

The Public Sector Union said the government was trying to remove family-friendly conditions that allowed staff to balance work and parenting responsibilities.