State workers want more money for public services, a union-led survey suggests.
Almost 2000 workers were surveyed between June and August on the pandemic’s impacts and priorities for the state’s economic and social recovery.
Unions Tasmania secretary Jessica Munday said the results showed respondents wanted an inclusive recovery plan that invested more in public services and addressed economic and social inequality in Tasmania.
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The results showed almost 60 per cent of workers wanted more investment in public services and 83 per cent of workers wanted the recovery plan to address social and economic inequality.
It showed increased workload and work stress were the top two ongoing impacts for workers.
Surveyed workers listed a pay rise and more respect as top priorities, followed by access to flexible working arrangements, job security, and a four-day working week
Ms Munday said workers had told the union through the survey they did not want working arrangements to revert to pre-pandemic conditions.
State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson said the survey sample was low though its results should be put to the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council.
Premier Peter Gutwein said the government had provided the most generous economic and social support package in the country.
“This government has already invested record amounts into essential services for Tasmanians, investing more into health, education and safety by employing more nurses, doctors, paramedics, teachers and police,” he said.
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