RTI INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THE HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES UNION CONFIRMS THAT THE HODGMAN LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAS SPENT $264,642.00 PROSECUTING ITS CASE AGAINST THE PARAMEDIC WORK VALUE CASE.
SUPREME COURT ACTION AGAINST PARAMEDICS COSTS THE TAXPAYER OVER $33000 PER HOUR
In the midst of discussions between HACSU and the State Government, on finding a way through the Paramedic dispute, it has been uncovered that the State Government paid an interstate legal firm almost $265,000 for around 8 hours of appearances in the Supreme Court. This is the same firm that cost taxpayers over $1M in the original work value case and the same firm who represented the State Government when Unions attempted to seek that the Tasmanian Industrial Commission introduce a “Wages Freeze” to avoid job cuts across the Public Sector.
Tim Jacobson Secretary of the Health and Community Services Union said “This expenditure is obscene; Paramedics are already bitterly disappointed at the Government’s actions to resist their Work Value Case.”
Tim Jacobson urged Minister Ferguson to bring an end to the bitter dispute so Tasmanian Paramedics can go about their job feeling valued and respected by their employer.
Tim Jacobson, Secretary of the Health and Community Services Union