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Let’s stand together and keep strong

If you missed it, last week Treasurer Peter Gutwein called public sector union members who are taking action “a small number of militant unionists”. He’s misrepresenting and over blowing the actions they’ve carefully considered so he can try and scaremonger Tasmanians.

We’ve tried to bargain with the Hodgman Government, but they won’t negotiate in good faith. Those who are sent to the table have no authority to bargain above Hodgman’s 2% wages cap.

7500 Tasmanians stood together and stopped work on October 24. This is not a small number, or ‘militant unionists’. These are Tasmanians like you, many with families, who can’t accept wage rises below living costs.

These are Tasmanians who work hard to deliver services we all need – Teacher Assistants, Child Safety Officers, Library Technicians, and so many others. These are Tasmanians who keep our workplaces safe, help deliver justice, keep us safe on the roads, care for us when we’re sick and help our children develop.

These are the Premier’s own workers, who he’s allowing his Treasurer to disrespect. 

So let’s stand together and keep strong. Ask your colleagues to join you, stand up for your rights and fair pay in the face of Hodgman’s indifference and Gutwein’s ridicule.
In Hobart alone, the CPI climbed to 2.7% in the September quarter. ABS figures show that the costs of living life here in our state are exceeding Will Hodgman’s 2% wages cap that he’s clinging to.

We have the highest CPI inflation by state over the last three years.

Wages in Tasmania are lower than the rising costs of living according to the latest ABS data. Public sector wage increases are also significantly weaker than workers in the private sector.

In September Tasmania’s public sector wage price index increased by 2% annually, well below the costs of living,while nationally it rose 2.5% 

Hobart inflation, which is the best available measure for Tasmania – was up by 2.7 per cent in the year to September. 

Wages for Tasmanians delivering services we all need, are not keeping pace with living costs like housing, transport and petrol.

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