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Tasmanian workers suffer deep impacts from COVID crisis

  • Nearly 2000 workers surveyed by Unions Tasmania
  • Government needs a comprehensive jobs plan
  • Job opportunities in manufacturing and renewable energy

The Liberal Government has once again been exposed for its lack of a comprehensive jobs plan in response to COVID-19.

Labor Leader Rebecca White today welcomed Unions Tasmania’s survey of nearly 2000 workers.

“Tasmanian workers want investment in good quality services, they want secure work now and they want a government that has a plan for the jobs of the future,” Ms White said.

“The old normal of insecure work, stagnating wages and under-resourcing of skills and training is holding our state back.

“This research reflects many of the elements of Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package, including investing in TAFE and offering free training in areas where there are skills gaps.

“There are 63,000 Tasmanians and 15,000 Tasmanian businesses in receipt of JobKeeper.

“JobSeeker and JobKeeper will be wound back in just two weeks and yet Peter Gutwein still doesn’t have a comprehensive plan for jobs.

“Tasmanian workers have spoken and this government needs to listen.

“It can’t bury its head in the sand and pretend that everything will return to normal, because the old normal was failing too many Tasmanians.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader