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Friday Wrap: Our week in review

State Budget snapshot

budgetYESTERDAY Premier Will Hodgman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein announced their 2016/17 budget. They called it their ‘Back on Track’ budget but you decide if that’s an appropriate title.

Our first glance at the budget shows:

Headlines The $77.3m surplus Treasurer Gutwein announced is a sham propped up by money from TT-Line for the Bass Strait Ferry Replacement Fund and unfunded known costs like wage increases. 

We welcome the Hodgman government listening to the long run campaigns by CPSU Members in Child Protection and Biosecurity with extra funding for both these important areas.

However in some areas, despite infrastructure upgrades, there seems to be no other support or resources to address services approaching breakdown. Members – we sent a comprehensive budget snapshot to your emails this morning.

Read media reports about the budget:


The Examiner

Read what we had to say on wages before the budget dropped yesterday in the Mercury’s news story here.

Listen to what Treasurer Peter Gutwein has to say on public sector wages in the sound file below.

Meanwhile, ratings agency Moody’s announcement after the state budget reveals there’ll be more public sector cuts. Looking at the Moody’s report, it means Treasurer Peter Gutwein has embedded another 1000 Public Sector job cuts over the forward estimates to prop up his dodgy surplus.

Find the Moody’s announcement here.

Proud to be Public campaign launch

PSUWA16 BABF-PTBP CPSU banner 300dpi CMYK colour printingON TUESDAY we launched the log of claims on behalf of thousands of hard working public sector staff who work every day to deliver opportunities, protection and better lives for all Tasmanians. It’s easy for many of these workers to blend into the background because we take the important work they do for granted, only really noticing them when they’re not there.

They are fiercely proud of the work they do and how it strengthens our community.

  • They want decent wages that recognise and reward their efforts.
  • They want opportunities to develop their skills so they can serve the community even better.
  • They want public services to be delivered by the public sector because this ensures equitable access to services that are delivered impartially, ethically and professionally.
  • They want a public sector that is apolitical and provides the community with frank and fearless advice that supports decision making that’s in the best interests of all Tasmanians.

Watch the campaign video here.

Medicare Community meeting on next Friday

Save MedicareSTAND up for Medicare and our public health system, which are under threat from savage cuts and a privatisation agenda.

We need to act now, or we could lose Medicare forever. Come to the Save Medicare & Protect Public Health rally that’s on next week at Friday lunch time.

When: Friday June 3, 12.30pm (next week). All welcome – bring your kids, family and friends!

Where: Youth Arts & Recreation Centre, 44 Collins St, Hobart (opposite the RHH). RSVP: Lock it in now, click here to let us know that you’re coming (and let us know your mobile number, so we can send you an  SMS reminder too).

Download the flyer: click here.

Join on Facebook:  click here to say you’ll come! Then invite your co-workers, friends and family.

Stress Leave in Biosecurity Tasmania

biosecurityFrom the ABC: “The State Government is under-reporting stress leave at Biosecurity Tasmania, the Community and Public Sector Union says.

A Right to Information document showed six cases of stress leave since April 2014 but the union said the real figure was much higher.”

Read more here.


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