The ballot on your agreement closed today at 4pm, ambulance workers overwhelmingly rejected the offer with 92% voting NO.
The so-called offer did nothing meaningful to address the fundamental issues affecting workers like fatigue, ramping, and ensuring adequate breaks. The wage component is also a pay cut in real terms when compared to the ongoing increases to your cost of living. The government offered very few improved conditions and demonstrated yet again that they just haven’t listened to you. They don’t have any understanding of what is needed to deal with the dysfunctional and unfair working conditions you’re currently under.
When other Tasmanian public sector workers are being offered extra leave, and the only state with lower wages than you are set to get a decent wage increase through a work value case, it shouldn’t be a surprise to the government that you rejected this shambolic proposal.
Your Ambulance Sub-branch (AESB) Executive are meeting tomorrow to discuss the next steps. We will also demand an urgent meeting with the government to talk about why you rejected this offer and what the government need to do to reach a deal that fixes your fundamental issues.
We will keep you updated, but your AESB Executive will consider escalating industrial action if the government keeps ignoring you.