We are the peak body for unions here in Tasmania as well as the local branch of the ACTU. We represent around fifty thousand union members, across the private and public sectors. No matter your occupation or profession, there is a union for you in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian union movement works every day towards building a better society for everyone. We believe that workers and their families are entitled to live in a decent and civil society that values fairness and equality – where everyone is afforded the opportunity to succeed.
We campaign in workplaces, in the community and in the political and political arena to affect change that raises the living standards of workers and their families. We campaign for rights at work, for decent pay, for positive social change and for workplace health and safety.
My vision for the union movement is that we are united and growing so that workers have the collective power to win on the issues that matter to them. We aim to lift the profile of unions in Tasmania so that we are a movement our members are proud of and a movement that potential members want to join.
Media Release Monday 18 September 2017
The results of the combined Australia Institute Tasmania and Unions Tasmania’s jobs survey are in and they spotlight underemployment and unpaid work as key issues for respondents.
While Tasmania’s unemployment rate sits at around the national average at 5.6% the survey results have revealed that underemployment is a critical issue for many Tasmanian workers.
The importance of underemployment is being increasingly recognised as a vital part of the unemployment picture, including by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Respondents to the survey also identified working additional hours and not being paid for them as a significant concern.
Key findings of the jobs survey:
Full results available – here
Quotes attributable to Jessica Munday
“The survey results should be a wake-up call to the Hodgman Government that headline unemployment figures aren’t the only thing that matters when we’re talking about jobs in Tasmania,” said Jessica Munday, Secretary Unions Tasmania.
“The jobs survey confirms what Tasmanian members have been telling their unions for some time. They want more hours but they can’t get them. They are working longer, for less. And they care deeply about job security and respect at work.”
“By focusing solely on unemployment numbers, our Government has ignored the huge problem of under-employment. We can’t have a genuine conversation about jobs without talking about underemployment too,” said Ms Munday.
Quotes attributed to Leanne Minshull
“The Tasmanian economy has strengthened, but full-time employment has failed to keep pace,” Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania, Leanne Minshull said.
“Total employment grew by 3.8% in the last year, but most of those jobs – over eight thousand out of nine thousand new jobs were part-time.
“Full-time employment grew more slowly in Tasmania than the national average.
“If we don’t produce more full-time and secure employment in this period of growth, Tasmania risks creating two speed economy,” Ms Minshull said.
For further comment from Unions Tasmania contact Jessica Munday - 0417 454 809
For further comment from The Australia Institute contact Leanne Minshull - 0455 999 460