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Union Tasmanian May Day Ball Speech

Union Tasmanian May Day Ball Speech

I am delighted that Tasplan is a sponsor of this evening’s function given our long-standing partnership with Unions Tasmania, which ticked over 26 years last Wednesday, 1 May.

1 May is a significant date on the union calendar, Tasplan commenced operations on 1 May 1987, and I relocated my family to Hobart on 1 May, 1987, for a two year term.

Through the efforts of the initial Board which included Paul Lennon, Alan Evans and Allan Kenny, Tasplan was created as an alternative to interstate industry funds and was promoted as a superannuation fund for Tasmanians.

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No Fares Thursday - Support Your Bus Driver

No Fares Thursday - Support Your Bus Driver

BUS passengers are being asked to support drivers by refusing to pay fares on Thursdays.

The measure means buses should be able to continue to run throughout the drivers' pay dispute with Metro management.

"Bus drivers desperately want to avoid causing the community any inconvenience and strike action is always a last resort for them," said Unions Tasmania Secretary Kevin Harkins.

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Save our Local ABC

Public Rally for your local ABC

The Community and Public Sector Union is meeting with ABC management on Wednesday 12 December.

We need your support to send a strong message that the ABC is a valued part of the Tasmanian community.

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Marriage Equality Rally

All we want for next Xmas is Marriage Equality!

In September 2012 Vanessa Goodwin voted against ending discrimination and to stop Tasmania being the first state to deliver marriage equality.

Lets hold her to account!

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Tasmanian Forests Agreement Bill - Sign the E-Petition

Everybody knows that the Tasmanian forest growing, timber processing and manufacturing industry is under the pump. The high Australian dollar and a flood of imports are some of the many reasons why this is so, but contrary to what some are saying, the Tasmanian Forest Agreement is not the reason for this. In fact, the Agreement is the opportunity for Tasmanian timber workers to benefit from an ongoing vibrant industry which is based on native forests, and increasingly in the future on plantations. If it passes through the Legislative Council the agreement will restore market certainty and provide for strong, resilient communities and decent and secure jobs for workers and contractors. And every Tasmanian can look forward to a better future knowing that the long-lasting conflict over Tasmania's native forests has been put to an end.

Unions Tasmania calls on all Tasmanians who care about the future of jobs in our state to sign the petition currently before the Legislative Council to ensure that we don’t miss out on the benefits of this agreement. These include financial support and other assistance for workers who lose their jobs as well as support for making Tasmania’s timber industry sustainable and internationally competitive through Forest Stewardship Council certification. Tasmanian communities will benefit from the $100 million in funding for employment projects as well as providing greater certainty of supply for the industry.

Help us make sure our parliamentarians take the historic step towards ending uncertainty and conflict over forestry, and providing a better future for Tasmanian workers and communities.

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Union Power! and Bennett’s team up for fuel discount

THANKS to Bennett’s Petroleum and Unions Tasmania the cost of living just got a little easier for union members.

Union Power! the new discount program run by Unions Tasmania, has teamed up with Bennett’s Petroleum to offer registered Union Power! members a 5 cents per litre discount on fuel purchases.

Unlike discounts offered by outlets linked to the big supermarkets there is no requirement to spend money in-store before receiving the discount.

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Mark Scott breaches ABC Charter and ABC Agreement

Mark Scott’s announcement on Tuesday that the ABC is closing down TV Production in Tasmania has met with a fierce backlash nationwide.

Last month, Mr Scott told a Senate Estimates Committee that he was unaware of any plans regarding the future of Tasmanian TV production.

The ABC announced its decision as a fait accompli on Tuesday before the ABC had consulted with affected employees or their union.

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THE ABC CUTS IN TASMANIA ARE A BREACH OF THE CORPORATION’S CHARTER

The ABC’s closure of its TV production unit in Tasmania with a loss of 17 jobs could represent a breach of the public broadcaster’s charter, the Community and Public Sector Union said.

Management’s decision to axe TV production, which was made without consulting staff, is a retreat from local programming and bad news for the state, the CPSU’s Regional Director of Tasmania Paul Blake said.

“The ABC has been beating a retreat from local programming for some time now but this decision demonstrates its lack of commitment to Tasmania, our stories and our voice.”

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SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES ABC MOTION

Senator Carol Brown

Labor Senator for Tasmania Deputy Government Whip in the Senate

On behalf of the Tasmanian Labor Senate Team

MEDIA STATEMENT

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Protecting Workers under Sham Contracts

The Minister for Workplace Relations, David O'Byrne, has moved to protect workers against sham contracting.

Amendments to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 will prevent employers from avoiding their full responsibilities.

They extend the definition of "worker" to ensure anyone on a sham contract has the same workers compensation rights as people on traditional contracts.

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Construction Workers Held to Ransom

Construction Workers Held to Ransom

“Further delays to the construction of the Parliament House project are tantamount to holding construction workers and their families to ransom” says Unions Tasmania Secretary, Kevin Harkins.

“The construction industry in Tasmania is on its knees, unemployment is nudging 8%. This project would mean hundreds of jobs for the industry and flow on benefits to the wider community”

"I think the Tasmanian community are totally sick and frustrated by the anit-everything lobby groups in our state and in many circumstances these groups are costing jobs”

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Join the Conversation

Please book asap to avoid disappointment of missing out.

Our guests for the night are Julian Morrow from the Chaser, Lisa Pryor a Journalist and Author and Ex Western Australia Premier and Professor Geoff Gallop.

There is also the opportunity to come out to MONA a bit earlier and enjoy a private tour.

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CPSU Organiser position

CPSU Organiser position

We are calling for expressions of interest for the following position:

Hobart Field Organiser – fixed term, 12 months commencing February 2013 (Applications close 12th November 2012)

The primary function of this role is to develop and implement effective campaigns and strategies to build member’s collective power in the workplace. There is also a strong emphasis on recruiting members and developing member delegates and workplace leaders. This position may suit an experienced delegate who can secure leave without pay for the period.

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Big Steps

Hello All….

On November 17th Tassie Early Educators are holding a Family Fun Day to bring attention to their campaign for the federal government to fund professional wages.

We know it’s Christmas Pageant Day….it’s also Huon Show Day, Soundscape & The Wiggles concert. We embrace the challenge.

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WREST POINT STAFF TO STRIKE

WREST POINT STAFF TO STRIKE

JOINT CEPU & CFMEU MEDIA STATEMENT

MAINTENANCE STAFF at Wrest Point Casino go on strike next week, Tuesday October 2 and Wednesday October 3, following Management’s failure to return to the EBA negotiating table.

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Position Vacant - Branch Manager

Position Vacant - Branch Manager

Branch Manager
Location : Devonport
12-month contract position

An opportunity is available to join the Tasmanian Branch, based in Devonport, in a role that provides administrative and bookkeeping services to support the membership of The Maritime Union of Australia.

Working with the Branch Secretary, the role is interesting and varied with responsibilities including, but not limited to :
• Carrying out bookkeeping functions
• Processing of membership information and data
• Maintaining databases
• Updating and maintaining Branch website content
• Managing the logistics of Branch events
• Arranging travel bookings
• Providing administrative support to the Branch Secretary
• Ensuring the Branch office is efficiently and effectively managed.

To be considered for this role, you will possess a qualification in Bookkeeping and have at least 3 years experience in similar or related role.

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THE O'BYRNE BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2012

THE O'BYRNE BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2012

Dear friends, supporters constituents and colleagues,

In the four months since the last edition of the O’Byrne Bulletin, my Ministerial portfolios have kept me very busy right around Tasmania. It is indeed a great honour to be able to serve the community in such an all encompassing role. Likewise, I am also very lucky to be able to represent the people of Franklin in the State Parliament, and to do my best to help make Tasmania a better place. Over the rest of this bulletin, you will read of some of the things that I have been up to.

Click here to go to THE O'BYRNE BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2012

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Send a message to support marriage equality to your local MLC

Send a message to support marriage equality to your local MLC

On Saturday 4 August 2012 at the Tasmanian ALP State Conference Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced she would introduce legislation to remove discrimination and allow for same sex couples in Tasmania to marry.

This was an exciting announcement and with the Greens Support is likely to get through the lower house of State Parliament. The focus has now turned to members in the state upper house.

By clicking on this link http://tasunited.org/contact-your-mlc/ you can quickly send a message to your upper house member to show your support marriage equality.

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Tasmanian Jobs Lost to Overseas Workers

Tasmanian Jobs Lost to Overseas Workers

Overseas workers are to be used to build the Musselroe Wind Farm, denying job opportunities for hundreds of people in Tasmania's high unemployment north-east.

Unions Tasmania has learned that State Government-owned Hydro Tasmania—the wind farm owner—wants to bring in workers on 457 and 417 visas to construct the facility.

“Hydro previously committed to 200 jobs for local workers during construction but that promise has vaporised,” said Kevin Harkins, Secretary of Unions Tasmania.

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CPSU delegates to rally, Customs in Tasmania losing half its staff

CPSU delegates to rally, Customs in Tasmania losing half its staff

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) delegates from various Government departments will gather outside the Customs office tomorrow in support of Customs staff.

Customs staff were last week told of a proposal to cut nearly half their Tasmanian staff- some 17 jobs.

The union representing the federal public sector has warned that the quality of local intelligence services will fall if the proposal is followed through.

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Great Day - Tasmania a launch site for NDIS

Great Day - Tasmania a launch site for NDIS

As a Senator for Tasmania and one of the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Disability, I am delighted that Tasmania had been successful in securing a National Disability Insurance Scheme launch site. This is a historic moment for Australia, and a historic moment for Tasmania.

For too long the current system of care and support has let people living with a disability, their families and their carers down. Their determination and dedication has contributed to this significant change and I applaud their hard work.

The Federal Labor Government is committed to the NDIS and has made $1 billion available to help roll out launch sites around Australia. Four million people in Australia have some kind of disability and 1.25 million have a severe and profound disability.

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Save the hatchmen

Save the hatchmen

Help save lives on Australia’s waterfront – make a comment to Safe Work Australia

Your urgent support is needed to help improve safety on Australia’s wharves.

After a long MUA campaign to raise safety standards, Safe Work Australia has commenced drafting a new code of practice for stevedoring safety.

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Green/Labor Government is Hurting Regional Tasmania

Green/Labor Government is Hurting Regional Tasmania

I have a small business on the East coast and after closing for the day and counting the takings (a mere $350 dollars for 10 hours worked) I then travelled to Hobart and saw all the other businesses closed for the night - or for good - it made me angry about our political situation.

We have the greens touting tourism when every indicator shows the industry is struggling, they say this will be the saviour for workers after the demise of the forest industry.

The last time I knew of a Green politician bothering to visit the East coast was Mr Booth taking photos of himself and Mr Marr at the Triabunna wood chip mill, standing over logging equipment like some hunter standing over their kill.

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