Tasmanian Labor have announced today they intend to remove poker machines in clubs and pubs by 2023 with a support package to include transition assistance for workers and businesses over the coming five years.

“We welcome this policy that seeks to rid our pubs and clubs of pokies while focussing on the need to support workers through any changes. The announcement by Labor today reflects the concerns of many Tasmanians that poker machines don’t belong in the heart of our communities,” said Jessica Munday, Secretary Unions Tasmania.

“We see that poker machines are concentrated in low socio-economic areas of the Tasmanian community. They target the vulnerable and the working class – the very people unions exist to represent.”

“Union members are part of the community and they are affected by social issues like poker machines and problem gambling. Members also work in health care and see the negative health consequences of problem gambling every day.”

“Unions will focus on ensuring that this policy change supports workers in the industry. Supporting working people through change is what we do and what we will always do,” said Ms Munday.