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Unions rally … Parliament House lawns, October 24, 2018

Unionists rally for higher pay, outside Parliament House, Hobart, October 24, 2018

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-24/tasmanian-public-sector-strikes-kick-off-in-hobart/10422574

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  1. bob hawkins

    October 28, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Great pictures Rob, of decent Australian workers exercising their right to protest — into a vacuum.

    I mustn’t say what I think. I’d probably be arrested for disturbing the peace.

  2. Rob Halton

    October 26, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Had the state government been up to speed with public health then the 2% offer would have been better placed to be acceptable.
    The issue now will fester with the “misguided” unions seeking wage increases while there are insufficient services and no doubt poor staffing levels within the public hospital for mental health attracting even higher levels for demand.

    It’s pointless for unions, Labor and the Greens to run around crying foul for higher wages above the 2% offer when the root cause of slowing wages increases is due to lack of investment in health with a slowing economy.

    Take the 2% increase while the offer is there under these circumstances, but on the condition that the State Government takes immediate measures to invest in the provision of far better services.

    • Russell

      October 27, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Health workers are leaving the state, Robin.

      There’s too much load on an understaffed and underpaid skeleton crew. No local or interstate health workers have been answering employment vacancies in Tasmania for these very reasons. It’s only going to get worse while the staff shortages and workloads increase.

      Ferguson should be sacked for his gross incompetence and negligence, and a Royal Commission held into the state of Tasmania’s Health system.

      People should start suing the Government for its failure in its duty of care when their loved ones die through not receiving proper and timely health care.

  3. Chris

    October 25, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Heres another potential rally theme where power costs for solar contributors will be reduced by a very big amount come come Jan 1st.

    Here’s a comparison of the likely outcome of power accounts come January 1st 2019 when the feed in tariff will be reduced from 28 cents to
    8 cents per Kw Hr.

    The increase in profit by Aurora will amount to an extra 86 cents per KW Hr. (309%) for power and 8 cents (100% +) for Hot water.

    The amount of feed in Units WILL BE charged at full rates and no rebate is applied to that excess amount which is “given” to the grid but sent back at these exorbitant full rates. Yet network charges still apply.

    Below is an account showing the amount now for a solar feed in rate of .028283 cents per KW Hr. Which a proportion of customers enjoy at
    present, but others do not.

    Come the new year everyone will revert to the lower rate and JUST WAIT FOR THE SCREAMS!

    The increase in income for Aurora will approximate $7 million annually .

    Is this how power prices will be reduced?

    KW HRS Quantity Rates Amount
    Kw Hrs
    Quantity
    Residential feed in tariff 110 credit 900 -0.28283 – $254.55

    Residential power 450 0.26431 $118.94
    Hot water/ heating 1500 0.17646 $264.69

    Daily Supply Charge/power days 9 0.94636 $86.12
    Daily Supply Charge/hot water/heat days 91 0.17646 $16.06

    TOTAL $231.26

    BUT when the new rate is applied the account shows a significant increase in cost.
    An increase of $177.68 per quarter.

    KW HRS
    Quantity Rates Amount
    Residential feed in tariff 140 credit 900 -0.08541 -$76.87

    Residential power 450 0.26431 $118.94
    Hot water/ heating 1500 0.17646 $264.69

    Daily Supply Charge/power days 91 0.94636 $86.12
    Daily Supply Charge/hot water/heat days 91 0.17646 $16.06

    TOTAL $408.94
    We note of course that approximately 300 installation jobs were lost when the lower feed in tariff was
    introduced, is this Wee Willie’s contribution TO global warming along with the LNP’s reduction in power prices?

  4. Mike

    October 24, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Now if teachers taught their students about how fractional reserve banking actually worked, and the way it creates a hidden tax called “inflation”, they might actually deserve a pay rise.

    However if they did teach enough students there might be a big enough uprising to change the system .. and they wouldn’t keep needing a pay rise every year – none of us would!

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