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Today we saw the biggest turnouts to stop work meetings in decades. Parliament Lawns hasn’t seen a crowd that size since the ‘No Dams’ rallies of the 1980s. Attendance at the 18 meetings held statewide is conservatively estimated to be 10,000. Throughout the state venues were full and overflowing as public sector workers took the chance to tell the Hodgman government how they feel.
At every meeting members endorsed a 12 month wage freeze but on two conditions. Firstly the government must guarantee all the savings from a wage freeze are used to protect jobs and secondly that the freeze is implemented through the Industrial Commission.
At the Hobart meeting a statement from public sector workers to the parliament was presented to opposition leader Bryan Green, who immediately tabled it in the House. The statement can be accessed here.
Meetings also endorsed an ongoing campaign of industrial action should the government not heed the warning from its workforce. Unless the government changes its ways then public sector workers will withdraw their goodwill.
All of us at the CPSU understand the action Members took today didn’t come easily. We know how committed you are to the services you deliver to our community and therefore taking strike action is a hard decision. There is however, a time when we need to take action to protect the services Tasmanians rely on and today was that day.
I spoke to many Members after the meetings who told me what a fantastic buzz they had and how coming together with Members from other public sector unions had made them feel strong. This is the start of a campaign, not the end so stay strong, stay united and stay involved.
If you didn’t get a meeting handout as you were leaving you can access it here.
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Thanks for being a part of our strong union,
CPSU (SPSFT) Inc.