Tasmania's Unions are taking on cost-of-living pressures with the launch of a group buying service, UNION POWER!

UNION POWER! harnesses "market power" to provide practical cost-of-living benefits to union members and their families.

It has been established by peak body Unions Tasmania to negotiate "bulk buy" discounts for essential, everyday items such as power and petrol.

“ By working with affiliated unions—which collectively represent tens of thousands of working Tasmanians—UNION POWER! can negotiate significant discounts for individuals that in the past have only been available for big business,” said Unions Tasmania Secretary Kevin Harkins.

“The first step in getting this pilot project off the ground is to maximise the number of people who register. Registration is free and is exclusive to union members.”

“UNION POWER! will then strike the best price from suppliers, who will be keen to tap into the huge customer base that unions can provide.”

 UNION POWER! intends to negotiate discounts for:

• Electricity;

• Petrol and LPG;

• Natural Gas; and

• Internet services.

When determining supply contracts, factors other than best-price will include ethical corporate behaviour, employment practice, safety records and the level of Tasmanian ownership/employment.

"UNION POWER! is all about union members helping each other, and lessening the increasing impacts of cost-of-living pressures," Mr Harkins said.

“No-one else is going to do it for us. We need to look out for each other."

More Information - Kevin Harkins:  0419 376 362


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