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Labor backs review to end workplace harassment

  • Labor welcomes high level review
  • Review must be more widespread than parliament
  • People must feel safe at work

Tasmanian Labor welcomes the Government’s announcement of a high-level review into workplace harassment in Parliament.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said this is a good first step, however the review should span the entire public sector.

“It is vitally important people feel safe at work,” Ms White said.

“No workplace is immune to the impacts of poor workplace culture and now is the right time to do what we can to create the best environment for all workers.

“We welcome the Premier’s invitation to members of Parliament to work together on how the culture can be improved and we agree to be involved with that.

“However, Labor believes the review can go further, and we strongly recommend that the focus is broadened to cover the entire public sector.

“Workplace concerns have been raised across the wider public sector with issues such as the reluctance of health workers to speak up, as identified in the independent review: Response to the North West Tasmania COVID-19 outbreak, showing this is a widespread problem.

“Labor has commenced discussions with public sector unions and together we agree that now is the right time to do this.

“This review has to be widespread and it can’t be limited to sexual harassment, it must include bullying and intimidation.

“All workers deserve to feel safe at work and this review is a good first step.”

Rebecca White MP  
Labor Leader