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Week of Action: Member Meetings

Meetings continue this week across workplaces, with members voting to continue campaigning until they win real wage rises and improved working conditions.

Many specific work groups endorsed detailed actions to campaign for real wage increases, manageable workloads and better working conditions.

All public sector unions met with Premier Will Hodgman and Treasurer Peter Gutwein on Thursday last week. 

Member Meetings to continue after no contact about Cabinet outcome

At this meeting, unions were advised that the Treasurer and Premier were intending to seek the support of Cabinet at its meeting on February 26 to scrap the 2% wage cap policy and to approve a realistic wage rise for public sector workers.  Unions were told we would be advised of the outcome of Cabinet either Tuesday afternoon and at the latest, on Wednesday morning.

Since the Cabinet meeting there has been no contact with any union whatsoever and attempts to contact the Premier’s staff have been ignored.

Unions advised the Premier last Friday that unless his wages position changed and an acceptable offer was made to our members by 12 noon yesterday that we would have no option other than to significantly escalate industrial action across the public sector. 

We are very disappointed that Premier Hodgman has rejected unions’ efforts to resolve this dispute and that he has left us with no other option than to significantly escalate industrial action.

Member meetings continue this week and next and the message is clear – we need to actively campaign to win real wage rises and improved working conditions.

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