Tasmanian Unions will today launch a workplace collection for victims of the Tasmanian bushfires.

“We will be asking our workplace Delegates and leaders to organise fundraising activities within their workplace and the broader community” said Unions Tasmania Secretary, Kevin Harkins.

“The workplace activity can be as simple as a morning tea or just passing the hat around.  We want to make sure everyone gets an opportunity to make a contribution as this is just so important”

“We will follow with a public collection day on Wednesday January 23rd where we will be asking union members to go public and rattle the tin in the community”

“Once collections are complete all proceeds will be given to the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal.”

“While many union members have given fantastic service through their involvement in the SES, Tas fire service, Police, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania or helping on the ground, money will be needed in the coming weeks and months to help affected families rebuild their lives”

The appeal has been registered with the Red Cross.