Update on wage negotiations

Jeremy Rockliff, Premier

After months of hard work and negotiations, a number of unions have agreed to a pay rise that eases cost-of-living pressures for 10,500 Tasmanian State Service employees before Christmas.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff said he was pleased Unions had accepted this offer, that delivers a pay rise, eases cost-of-living pressures and improves conditions to their members.

“I have always said we would sit down and negotiate in good faith to ensure our state service employees receive a fair, reasonable and affordable pay rise,” Premier Rockliff said.

Agreements registered with the Tasmanian Industrial Commission on 23/12/2022:

  • Public Sector Union Wages – Australian Workers’ Union
  • Public Sector Union Wages
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Dental Officers
  • Ministerial Drivers
  • Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority
  • Legal Practitioners – Agreed and now included in the Tasmanian State Service Award

The offer includes:

  • A 3.5 per cent wage increase in the first year, 3 per cent in the second year, 3 per cent in the third year;
  • A Cost of Living/Retention payment of $1000 to all TSS employees into their base salary in the first year, which provides an ongoing benefit to employees; and
  • A further payment for employees paid up to the top of General Stream Band 3, which will be $500 into the base salary, a one-off payment of $1000 (pro rata) in year one, $500 (pro rata) in year 2 and $500 (pro rata) in year three.

The Government continues to work with unions on a small number of matters relating to conditions within the agreements, with these Awards to be completed by March 31.

Premier Rockliff said over the life of the Agreement, the increase in earnings would be between 10 per cent and 17 per cent, taking into account percentage increases and one-off payments.

“This offer recognises the increased cost-of-living pressures on Tasmanian households, and the need for Tasmanian State Service employees to receive a fair and reasonable pay rise,” Premier Rockliff said.

Earlier in December, the Firefighters and Police Agreements were agreed in-principle.

We remain committed to finalising an offer and reaching agreement for our hardworking paramedics, radiation therapists and teachers, to ensure they get a much-deserved pay rise.

An updated offer for paramedics was provided to HACSU yesterday, with a response expected by December 31.

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