THOUSANDS OF TASMANIAN COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS WILL BE BETTER OFF IF PORTABLE LONG
SERVICE LEAVE (PLSL) IS INTRODUCED AFTER THE MARCH 15 STATE ELECTION.
The Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) welcomes today’s announcement by Workplace Relations Minister David O’Byrne that Labor will introduce PLSL if it is re-elected to Government.
“Community services is a low-paid and insecure sector where workers move often between employers,” says HACSU State Secretary Tim Jacobson.
“Currently, someone can work in community services their entire career but never qualify for long service leave.
“That is unfair, particularly given the vital support these workers provide for society’s most vulnerable people.
“HACSU has been campaigning long and hard for this reform and we are delighted to see it become a key plank of Labor’s re-election agenda.”
If Labor is re-elected, community services workers will continue to accrue long service leave entitlements even if they move between employers. The reform will have negligible impact on Government finances.
“Employers will contribute equivalent funds to a central pool, similar to the hugely successful TasBuild scheme that exists for the construction industry. This scheme provides budgeting certainty and stability for employers and fair entitlements for employees,” Tim Jacobson says.
“Long service leave is important to workers’ health and well-being and that makes it good for employers too.”
Tim Jacobson is calling on Liberal leader Will Hodgman to match Labor’s promise.
“HACSU wants to see PLSL introduced no matter who forms Government after March 15 and this issue should be above politics.
“If Will Hodgman refuses to commit to Portable Long Service Leave we want to know why he thinks community services workers don’t deserve this very important reform.”
HACSU State Secretary Tim Jacobson