Labor Leader Bryan Green said he was proud to stand with union members on the lawns of Parliament to call for a fairer go for Tasmanian workers.
“Tasmanians are angry about the Liberal Government’s broken promise to support local workers,” Mr Green said.
“Too much work that could be done here by local crews is going offshore and Will Hodgman hasn’t lifted a finger to stop it.
“The refurbishment of the Spirits is the most glaring example in recent times, with more than 130 foreign workers flown in two work of the ferries.
“The Liberal Government here in Tasmania needs to start backing in local workers, which includes providing opportunities for apprenticeships.
“It is perverse that we are in the middle of a construction boom but hundreds of the jobs that will be created will be filled by people from interstate.
“Major projects, especially those paid for with public money, need to employ local people.
“Too many significant contracts are going interstate and overseas when there’s no reason they couldn’t be completed here.
“Nationally, proposed changes to coastal shipping laws could have significant ramifications for workers.
“The Liberals talked a massive game before the election when it came to buying locally, but they’ve failed to back it up with results.”
Bryan Green MP Labor Leader