Budget update: 2% wage cap until 2023 😡

Posted on
June 15, 2018
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Public Sector

The budget is all bad news for public sector workers. The Tasmanian budget released yesterday confirms that Will Hodgman does not value you, your professionalism or dedication to serving the community.

The Tasmanian budget released yesterday confirms that Will  Hodgman does not value you, your professionalism or dedication to serving the  community.

The budget papers reveal provision for only a 2% wage rise for public sector  workers until at least 2023 which is the continuation of an arbitrary and  unfair cap on your wages by the Premier. 

Any argument that fair wage  increases are not affordable is blown away by big surpluses forecast for the  next 4 years.    It relegates many public sector working people, such as rangers, allied  health professionals, teachers and nurses to being the lowest paid in the  country.

For many we know it means they will struggle to make  ends meet in the face of rapidly rising costs of living.    Will Hodgman has delivered another slap in the face for public sector working  people who suffered his government’s savage budget cuts in 2014.  

Since then, already unmanageable workloads have increased and stress levels  have gone through the roof for many people.    When the Hodgman Government decides to underpay public sector workers  everyone suffers as we cannot recruit and retain the people we need to  provide the quality services the Tasmanian community deserves. And the  wages cap holds down the wages of all Tasmanians.

Many of the vital services that Tasmanians working in the public sector like  you provide are severely overstretched and we know that Hodgman’s budget will  worsen the problem.

Enough is enough and public sector unions are united to put an end to this  government’s policy of depressing wages and its refusal to allow us to  bargain collectively and negotiate with us in good faith.

For the first time in many years we have enterprise agreements for public  sector workers ‘lining up’, which means we are all bargaining at the same time  for new agreements.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to really build  collective power by standing together to fight for fair pay for all public  sector working people.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form