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Friday Wrap: the last seven days at a glance

Proud to be public: Delegate training days

MORE than 60 Delegates, two events in two Tasmanian cities, Burnie and Hobart.

Our Proud to be Public events this week were big and saw some great ideas from our workplace leaders in roles rights across Tasmanian services.

We received some great feedback from these Delegates who described how they felt after the day using words like inspired, empowered and hopeful.

It was important to get as many workplace leaders together as possible to help plan the union’s agenda for the next few years.

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Biosecurity

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THE Public Sector Union’s Tom Lynch told Tas Country that some employees at Biosecurity Tasmania were working as much as 25 hours overtime a week to cover the increasing workload.

He told the News Limited publication that more full-time staff were needed to cover the workload after a 13% staff cut.

“Not only is it unreasonable to expect people to work more that their required hours on a regular basis it’s also not cost effective. It would actually cost less to employ more staff.”

The Public Sector Union has written to industry about the Biosecurity Crisis.

Read the media release here and the ABC article here. See the photo of Delegates supporting Biosecurity staff at the Hobart Proud to be Public event below (click to make it bigger).

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Child Protection & Family Violence

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Child Protection and Family Violence staff sent a letter to Minister Jacquie Petrusma calling for help to do their important work protecting and supporting Tasmanian children and families. There aren’t enough staff to meet the demand from the Tasmanian communities. Minister Petrusma needs to hire more people to help with this important work. The agency currently has at least 21 vacancies in Child Protection and five in Family Violence.

An excerpt from the letter to Minister Petrusma read:

“Every day we are forced to make impossible decisions that no professional should have to make. We have to decide which ‘at risk’ child or adult victims of family violence to prioritise when they all should be given the help they need. 
We should not be put in a position where we have to make these decisions because we are not provided with enough staff and time.”

This is a fitting segway into the update below…

White Ribbon Day

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THE statistics themselves are confronting:

  • On average more than one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner
  • In Australia one in four children is exposed to domestic violence

But these aren’t just numbers – these are real women and families who live in pain and fear every week.

In Tasmania our own Family Violence service is in crisis

None of the money that Premier Will Hodgman has promised to tackle this huge issue is going to the existing Family Violence Counselling & Support Service (FVCCS).

White Ribbon Day on Wednesday was a chance to put this issue in the spotlight.

A Hobart event saw hundreds attend a walk from St David’s Park to Parliament Lawns.

Meanwhile in Devonport paper another event saw a chain of paper hands, with messages saying to no men’s violence against women, stretched the length of the mall and then some. 

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