This afternoon we received correspondence from the State Service Management Office that will be sent to all senior public servants advising that the government is considering a wage freeze for them.
The letter indicated that the government is looking to follow the lead of other state governments looking to freeze public servants’ salaries.
Members know how hard we fought for their agreement, and the ink's hardly dry on the page.
We don’t think anyone needs reminding that we all accepted wage increases below the national average since 2010 - real wages have gone backwards and the last agreement we reached with the government went just a little way towards addressing this issue.
Some might say senior public servants earn too much and they should cop a wage freeze, but there are those in the community who would argue that all public sector workers are overpaid and we should all cop a wage freeze - it is possible the government is using senior public servants as a wedge and will seek to exploit this ignorance about public sector workers in general in order to attack everyone's wages and conditions.
So nobody should be deceived, the government isn't just looking to freeze pay for the bosses, it's about creating a political wedge between public servants and ordinary Tasmanians.
Today, we emailed the State Service Management Office and told them we can see through their plan and how upset members would be knowing that after everything they've done to hold our system together - going to work when others were told to go home, isolated from your families and communities – the government may be contemplating the ultimate betrayal.
We haven't heard back from them.
Stay vigilant, we'll keep members updated.