We are the peak body for unions here in Tasmania as well as the local branch of the ACTU. We represent around fifty thousand union members, across the private and public sectors. No matter your occupation or profession, there is a union for you in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian union movement works every day towards building a better society for everyone. We believe that workers and their families are entitled to live in a decent and civil society that values fairness and equality – where everyone is afforded the opportunity to succeed.
We campaign in workplaces, in the community and in the political and political arena to affect change that raises the living standards of workers and their families. We campaign for rights at work, for decent pay, for positive social change and for workplace health and safety.
My vision for the union movement is that we are united and growing so that workers have the collective power to win on the issues that matter to them. We aim to lift the profile of unions in Tasmania so that we are a movement our members are proud of and a movement that potential members want to join.
Tasmanian unions are deeply disappointed in the lack of a long-term vision for jobs and infrastructure in Tasmania after the release of today’s State Budget.
While the Hodgman Government were eager to call this a budget that built Tasmania’s future, the reality is that it falls terribly short.
“This is not a budget for building Tasmania’s future. It’s not building Tasmania’s future to undertake necessary maintenance on schools and roads, that’s just keeping the lights on,” said Jessica Munday, Secretary of Unions Tasmania.
“We went into this Budget looking for Premier Hodgman’s long term vision for our State but we got no sense that this Government has a strategy to take us forward in any planned way.”
Of particular concern to Unions Tasmania:
This Budget can be characterised as much by what is in it as what is missing.
“The Budget fails to address what the future of work looks like in Tasmania. We know the world of work is changing and there is nothing in there to plan for these changes. The Budget also does nothing to address the challenge of precarious and casual work that is preventing Tasmanians from getting ahead,” said Ms Munday.
For further information: Jessica Munday, Secretary, 0417 454 809