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Workers and employers given stronger workplace protections under Labor

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  • Trauma witnessed by paramedics, police, firefighters and other frontline workers must be recognised
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A Majority Labor Government will be committed to providing safe, stable and secure work for Tasmanians.

Labor Leader Rebecca White announced today that Labor’s commitment to Presumptive Post Traumatic Stress Disorder legislation would include consideration of range of roles and professions where workers are exposed to high levels of trauma.

“We know that first responders such as ambulance paramedics, police and fire fighters are exposed to high levels of trauma in the line of duty, but we also need to consider whether protections need to be extended to other roles such as child safety workers and correctional officers,” Ms White said.

“In addition to introducing presumptive Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder legislation for frontline first responders, Labor will undertake a full review of the Acts around workplace health and safety.

“This will include a review of worker’s compensation step-down provisions in the public service.

“Importantly, a Majority Labor Government will undertake detailed consultation with industry and unions toward the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.

“The vast majority of employers do everything they possibly can to keep their workers safe but we need to send a strong message that wilful negligence will not be tolerated.”

Shadow Workplace Relations Minister Sarah Lovell said Labor was committed to addressing the growing trend of underemployment and insecure work.

“Under the Liberals 1600 full time jobs have been lost since July 2017. These are the job figures the Premier doesn’t want to talk about,” Ms Lovell said.

“Too many Tasmanians are underemployed and insecure work makes it harder for Tasmanian families to meet rising costs of living.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show around 22,000 Tasmanians want more hours from their employer.

“We need to tackle insecure work, plan for the future of work, support full time, permanent job creation and crack down on the deliberate underpayment of worker’s wages and superannuation.

“A Majority Labor Government will keep jobs in Tasmania and we will invest in regional economic development to grow employment opportunities across the state.”