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FRIDAY WRAP: the week at a glance
TIC Politician Pay decision means Govt wages policy is ‘dead and buried’
ON MONDAY the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) handed down its decision on politicians’ pay, which saw a 10.53%, or $13,000 increase to their base salary from July 1 this year. While it’s a big increase it comes about because politicians have been fiddling around with their wages and conditions for years – deferring any increase for political reasons. It’s crucial that decisions in regard to politicians’ pay are taken out of their hands and the decision of the independent tribunal is respected.
We need a fair, independent and transparent way for politicians’ salaries and conditions to be set and the TIC delivers this.
Wages policy over
When it comes to the wages of public sector workers the Government has a policy that says regardless of trade-offs, productivity improvements or work value, increases are capped at 2%. This decision of the Industrial Commission effectively ends that policy. When the government passed legislation last year about their own wages it didn’t legislate a 2% cap – it didn’t even require the Industrial Commission to consider the wages policy in making its determination. As far as we are concerned that means the wages policy is ‘dead and buried’ and when we sit down to negotiations in the next few months we expect the Government to genuinely bargain with productivity and work value being to key issues in determining wage increases.
While the Liberals, Labor and the Greens are all saying they won’t accept the 10.53% increase the legislation Premier Hodgman passed last year says the increases will automatically apply unless disallowance motions are passed in both Houses of Parliament within 10 sitting days. No doubt the government will try to blame the Legislative Council for forcing it to take the increases if the Leg Co doesn’t back a disallowance motion but this is the likely course – Legislative Councillors have always said the independent umpire should be making decisions about their salary, not them.
Biosecurity: Jeremy Rockliff fails to keep Detector Dogs team promise
This week CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch told the ABC: “What the Minister told Tasmanians was that every plane arriving in Hobart and Launceston airports would be met by a detector dog team this summer,” he said. Well today’s the last day of summer and it hasn’t been happening
“It hasn’t been happening because the Minister hasn’t been putting the resources into Biosecurity Tasmania that he said he would put in.” Read more here.
As well as the numbers, on Facebook, our followers confirmed this:
“Few weeks back when I was at the airport to pick up a passenger, there wasn’t anyone (let alone a sniffer dog) on the arrival gate at all until the majority of passengers had embarked and were waiting on their baggage, those who had carry-on baggage only were already gone.”
“None when I came home two weeks ago”
Forestry Tas certification
WELL DONE to our Members in Forestry Tasmania, although FSC certification wasn’t awarded, their hard work meant they were very close, meeting 193 out of 203 criteria.
Longer wait for Justice
AN INCREASE in unsentenced prisoners has added to concerns about a flow on bottle neck to our courts.
Today The Mercury reported that currently about 1/3 of cases waiting on trial in our Supreme Courts have been on hold for more than a year.
Our courts are about turning lives around and allowing Tasmanians to get on with their lives. With a stoppage in our justice system due to lack of resources, many lives are put on hold.
Read more here.
Tasmanian apprenticeship, traineeship figures on the decline
Today The Examiner reported that our state had seen a 12% decrease in the number of Tasmanians starting apprenticeships or traineeships in the past year.
The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research revealed that only 5000 people started training in the 12 months to September 30 2015, down from 5700 at the same time in 2014.
This is happened while Jeremy Rockliff is allocating less training dollars to TasTAFE and giving it to private and interstate providers. Almost the entire $2.4 million skills fund went to interstate and private providers. Coincidence? TasTAFE staff provide the skills and opportunities that Tasmania needs.
Read more here.
Rally to save CSIRO jobs, stand up for science
THE BATTLE to save science is heating up, with the Public Sector Union holding a rally to save CSIRO jobs on next Tuesday.
Public services help to improve all of our lives both now and in the future and scientists are critical to evidence based policy. But job cuts and underfunding are undermining our science capability that’s been built up for decades and we will feel the impact for generations.
The Turnbull government is making deep cuts to climate science programs. Previous Coalition cuts to the CSIRO have drastically limited our research capacity. Jobs in Hobart are under threat as well as our science capability that we rely on for better lives.
Join the rally on Facebook here.
World Wildlife Day
On Thursday it was World Wildlife Day. Many of our Member, particularly in Parks and the rest of DPIPWE work every day to protect and promote our wildlife. From our iconic Tassie Devil to the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot, our public sector staff work to help these animals and our state. So thanks!