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Industrial Action builds, continues across public services
Tasmanians working in the public sector deliver services we all need. But they need jobs they can count on with wage increases that keep up with the rising costs of living. The 2% wages cap is hurting all Tasmanians who work and is flowing on to the private sector.
On Tuesday this list of industrial actions, that are in place now, went to the Premier Will Hodgman. As you can see – all public sector unions are ramping up actions.
Treasurer Peter Gutwein told the ABC that he is not going to budge on the 2% wages cap, which he called “a very sensible offer” – so we need to stay strong, act together and let him know this is not a fair or reasonable offer. In a media release he’s saying that you are well paid, and your wages are rising above the costs of living.
We know this is not true.
Last week the Mercury reported that:
“A third of Tasmanians are financially vulnerable with a new report showing almost 150,000 residents struggle to pay bills, cannot put savings aside and feel little job security.” (Tuesday Sep 25, pg 7)
We know that Will Hodgman’s 2% cap is hurting Tasmanian families because wages aren’t keeping up with the rising costs of insurance, running the family car, rent and other bills.
Meanwhile other employers in the state are using this 2% cap as a barometer when setting their own wages.
We need to scrap the wages cap, Tasmanians need a pay rise.
Meanwhile last week Premier Will Hodgman was telling parliament that our economy is one of the strongest in Australia. Why does he only see the cost of the workers who provide services Tasmanians need, and not the value?
Policy Analyst Martyn Goddard wrote the following in the Saturday Mercury:
“Low pay in Tasmania has always been justified because of our allegedly lower cost of living as a result of cheaper accommodation. But that’s no longer the case.
“Hobart is now the least affordable capital for renters and average house prices are now about the same as in Adelaide. And people now have much less money to spend on other things. So it makes little sense for the State Government to suppress so relentlessly the pay of its own employees.” Read more here.