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.
New modelling from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has exposed the huge loss in wages working Tasmanians would have suffered had the Turnbull Government’s cuts to penalty rates been in place this Easter long weekend.
In Tasmania, those working in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy would have lost a collective $292,618.83 in wages over Easter.
“We have been saying this is a pay cut that workers can’t afford and don’t deserve and these figures back that up,” said Unions Tasmania Secretary, Jessica Munday.
“How devastating would it be to Tasmania’s local economy if over $292,000 was ripped from the pay packets of some of our lowest paid workers? That is money not being spent in our small businesses and not being taxed.”
The modelling also reveals:
A collective wage loss of over $30 million nationally for the Easter long weekend
A whopping $10,151,444 national loss for every public holiday
“The Turnbull Government cannot continue to sit idly by while millions of dollars are cut from the wages of working people,” said Ms Munday.
“Wage growth is stagnant. Inequality is on the rise as CEO salaries grow and tax cuts are offered to the wealthy. Unions will continue to stand up for penalty rates because Tasmanian’s cannot afford a devastating wage cut of over $230K every public holiday from July until eternity”.
For further information: Jessica Munday, Secretary, 0417 454 809