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Collective walks continuing

Collective walks continued this week – with a sea of red t-shirts and Tasmanians Need a Pay Rise signs at Rosny and in the Hobart CBD. At St Johns Park, New Town another walk was organised by Forensic Science Service Tasmania and Delegates at surrounding worksites. These walks are keeping the campaign front and centre […]

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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 […]

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Whose health record: Australian Unions submission to Senate Inquiry into the My Health Record system

Australian Unions has raised concerns with the My Health Record system and its possible implications for workers. Although there are plenty of benefits of My Health Record, Unions point out the following concerns: Employer-nominated doctors – and by extension employers – to have access to job seekers’ medical history during pre-employment medical assessments or regular […]

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Lower wages for Tasmanian public servants are false economy

Source: The Mercury. Wages, according to the Reserve Bank and almost every economist, are too low. In Tasmania, they are lower than in any other state — and particularly among the State Government’s 32,000 employees. Those low wages have two main economic effects. It’s the main reason for astronomically high household debt. And it’s why people […]

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Child Safety: more workers needed to cope with demand

Child Safety Officers do their best to protect Tasmanian children and support families but there are simply not enough of them. This week researcher Professor Fiona Arney warned that there was a child protection crisis across Australia. Although her study into South Australia’s child protection system, the Professor said this was a wider, Australia wide […]

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Tasmanians Need a Pay Rise: CPSU Member action continues

We know Premier Will Hodgman’s unfair wages cap is hurting all Tasmanians. Andrew Pitt from menswear stores Neil Pitts told the ABC: “My father has been involved in retail since 1949, and he thinks August was the quietest month in 70 years,” Mr Pitt said. “Low wages growth, that’s a big factor I would say […]

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Unions Tasmania Women’s conference

On Friday September 9 a strong contingent of proud CPSU women joined other unionists at the 2018 Unions Tasmania Women’s Conference. They listened to ACTU President Michele O’Neil and commentator and activist Van Badham, amongst other workshops and panels.  Kim Swiadek, Department of Health Delegate, was one of the CPSU members who went along. “I […]

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October is WorkSafe Month

Future work and HSRs – What will the challenges be for representatives? Presented by Unions Tasmania in conjunction with WorkSafe Tasmania, these free forums (breakfast provided) are an opportunity for HSRs from across industry to meet, network and learn in an informal setting. In line with the Month’s ‘Future of Work, Future Challenges’ theme, guest […]

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South Australia rallies in response to cuts, privatisation

CPSU members In South Australia rallied last week in response to the state budget that sees cuts to services their communities need, jobs these workers count on, and selling off services.  Hundreds of prison guards walked off the job to protest the South Australian government’s plans to privatise the Adelaide Remand Centre.  The budget also […]

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