Rebecca White MP Labor Leader

  • Liberal Government just not listening
  • Tasmanians deserve pay that keeps up with cost of living
  • Premier needs to scrap the cap and negotiate in good faith

Labor used its final motion of the Parliamentary year to again call on the Liberals to abandon their pig-headed position on public sector wages and negotiate in good faith.

Instead, the Treasurer dug his heels in further and refused to take any responsibility for ending the standoff with the state’s workforce.

“Labor supports nurses, teachers, park rangers, allied health workers and other public sector workers in their right to take industrial action,” Labor Leader Rebecca White said.

“The actions of these workers have been responsible, measured and designed to demonstrate the value they provide to the community.

“With the Global Financial Crisis behind us, state taxes and GST receipts are growing again and private sector wages increased by 2.8 per cent in the year to September.

“CPI is increasing at 2.7 per cent, which means the 2 per cent wage offer from Government is actually a wage cut.

“Labor respects the Tasmanian public sector and values the work they do every single day.

“They deserve a pay rise that keeps up with the increasing cost of living.

“The Government needs to scrap the unfair wage cap.”