Thousands of Tasmanian public sector workers attended Stop Work meetings this morning to protest against the broken promises, lies and massive cuts to Tasmania's essential public services.
Paramedics, teachers, court staff, prison officers, librarians, nurses, orderlies, ward clerks, pathologists, podiatrists, quarantine officers, kitchen staff, IT workers, parks rangers, administration officers and many more attended Stop Work meetings around Tasmania.
Tasmanians sent a strong message to Will Hodgman rejecting these massive cuts, lies and broken promises!
Industrial action at TasWater has commenced because the company has so far refused to return to the negotiation table. TasWater have simply stopped listening.
Over 100 workers gathered outside the TasWater depot in Moonah to hear a report from the secretary of the CEPU, Trevor Gauld, CPSU Organiser Ruby Thomas-Thompson and Luke Crowley from Professionals Australia.
On 13 November 88% of TasWater employees rejected a substandard offer from the company – Unions warned the company this offer would be refused.
The outstanding issues that need to be resolved relate to job security and consultation in the workplace. The workers ARE NOT pursuing increased pay offers.
The company has indicated they will offer larger pay rises in an attempt to buy the vote. It would be irresponsible and reckless for TasWater to do this and the Unions would not support it on the basis it is not what employees want and will unnecessarily put increased pressure on consumers water bills.
Around 300 people rallied outside the ABC centre in Hobart today against budget cuts to our ABC.
Protesters were joined by ABC staff, politicians and union members all keen to voice their opposition to the cuts and their support for the ABC.
Speakers included Jess Munday (CPSU PSU), Margaret Reynolds (Friends of the ABC), Peter Gee and Julie Collins MP.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticized for breaking an election promise of no cuts to the ABC.
Beginning on Tuesday November 18, public rallies will be held in capital cities and regional centres across Australia to launch the 'Our stories Our Future Our ABC' campaign, a joint initiative by the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) and ABC Friends.
The National Week of Action will begin on Tuesday November 18 and conclude on Tuesday November 25.
ABC LAWNS, 1 LIVERPOOL ST, HOBART
WEDNESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER AT 12.30 PM.
After months of confusion and uncertainty, ABC management has finally revealed the extent of the cuts it intends to impose as a result of funding reductions imposed by the Lewis Review into the ABC.
It is clear that the scale of the cutbacks will leave the cherished public broadcaster worse off – meaning that Australian audiences are also the losers from today’s announcement.
The CPSU, MEAA and ABC Friends’ Our stories Our Future Our ABC campaign will give the Australian public an opportunity to celebrate their public broadcaster and to voice their concerns about the Government’s brutal cuts.
The new $100 million Parliament Square project in Hobart presents an opportunity to create and protect Tasmanian jobs.
Dozens of Tasmanian workers will miss out if imported building materials, including the glass curtain façade from China, are used instead of local suppliers.
The Tasmanian Government must ensure locally made materials are used. This will not only benefit Tasmanian workers and communities but will also keep us all safe as imported products are often sub-standard.
Help us pressure the Tasmanian Government to require the developer preference local suppliers whose quality are second to none and who willcreate jobs in Tasmania.
CFMEU National Secretary
P.S. Jobs and safety is on the line. After you've signed the petition, help us spread the word by posting it to Facebook andTwitter and forwarding it to other Tasmanians.
Further background information, The Mercury