Shamefully, on 22 May the Department issued a false statement alleging that the strike action was suspended. Due to problems caused by the erroneous and unhelpful media reports, taking their line from the Department, on the first morning of the strike, the negotiating team were not able to give proper consideration to the terms of the draft document until that afternoon.
However, regardless of the Department's intentions - to confuse members and disrupt the action - members turned up solidly at the arranged picket lines. It was agreed to suspend the action on the second day, but not the overall industrial action and ongoing work to rule. However this will not be escalated until the reps. in the branches have had time to consult with members on the new offer.