Media releases

RTI DATA PROVES MINISTER MISLED ON DETECTOR DOGS

Data on the number of flights into Tasmanian airports inspected by detector dog teams proves Minister Rockliff has mislead Tasmanians and is placing vital industries and our clean brand at risk. The data showed that in the months of July – Sept 2015 less than 1/3 of all flights into the state were inspected by […]

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BIOSECURITY TASMANIA WORK BANS BEGIN IN FOUR WEEKS

With less than 4 weeks until Biosecurity Tasmania (BT) staff impose work bans on overtime Minister Rockliff has done nothing to resolve the issues. On 10 September the CPSU advised the Minister and his Department they had until 16 November to resolve the resourcing crisis facing BT otherwise a ban would be placed on overtime. […]

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GOVERNMENT MUST STOP UNDERMINING THE INTEGRITY COMMISSION

TASMANIA’S main public sector union, the Community & Public Sector Union, supports the call by outgoing Integrity Commission chairman Murray Kellam for the Hodgman government to resource the integrity body so it is able to actively pursue wrongdoing in Tasmanian public life. “Tasmanian public sector workers support a strong, well-resourced and independent watchdog to ensure the […]

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UNION WELCOMES REPORT INTO ABSENTEEISM

The CPSU welcomes the auditor-general’s report into Absenteeism in the Tasmanian State Service. The report notes that while absenteeism for such a large workforce comes at a high dollar cost it is not unusually high. The report does however suggest that through more active management and consistency this cost can be reduced. “It comes as […]

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Morale low, workload high at Biosecurity Tasmania

A CPSU survey has revealed major concerns for workers at Biosecurity Tasmania. The two most significant issues the survey highlighted were workload and morale at Biosecurity Tasmania. The CPSU is very concerned about the findings. The survey showed: 60% of respondents said they currently had significant workload issues with 80% of respondents saying workload pressure had […]

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Popular National Park without a full time Ranger, thanks to budget cuts

THE Hodgman-Gutwein Government’s agenda to cut services and jobs will leave a northern National Park without a full time Ranger presence. Come July the current Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger at Mt William National Park won’t be replaced. Close to the Bay of Fires, it’s a remote but popular spot for locals and tourists alike. […]

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FAMILY VIOLENCE CRISIS

The Hodgman government’s commitment to addressing violence against women and children will be measured by its actions in next week’s budget. As the horrific tally of women killed by their partners in 2015 approaches 40 nationally, workers at the coal face of this epidemic of violence in Tasmania are unable to provide the levels of […]

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CPSU QUESTIONS DHHS CAPACITY TO IMPLEMENT CHANGE

THE CPSU today calls on the Health Minister Michael Ferguson to ensure adequate staffing and financial resources are made available to properly manage the significant change process set out in his White Paper Exposure Draft. “The proposals in the White Paper Exposure Draft represent a major, system wide reform of Tasmania’s health system and managing […]

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Hodgman paid lawyer $1,000 an hour to stop Wage Freeze

The State Government gave at least $62,797.49 of taxpayers’ money to major interstate law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to stop workers from handing back their agreed wage increases in return for a reduction in job cuts. HSF charged for just 57.97 billable hours of work, equating to exorbitant fees of $1,083.27 per hour to […]

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QUARANTINE CUTS PLACE STATE AT RISK

Cuts to Tasmania’s quarantine barrier is placing our burgeoning agriculture and aquaculture industries at risk and threatening our clean, green brand. The recent restructure of Biosecurity Tasmania has seen a further reduction of three Quarantine staff at the East Devonport Ferry Terminal, an overall reduction of more than 10 full-time equivalent positions over the past […]

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