The base salary of Tasmanian Firefighters is the lowest in Australia. When you include allowances, the pay gap grows even wider.
The government say they want to see Tasmanian Firefighters get a pay rise, but the pay rise they offered would see Tasmanian Firefighters fall even further behind.
The Premier needs to step in and tell government negotiators to work toward providing Tasmanian Firefighters with comparable pay, superannuation and allowances.
Why is this important?
Tasmania has a small fire service. It takes 3 years to train a First Class Firefighter and around 10 years to train and develop a Station Officer.
With an aging workforce, TFS will struggle to retain enough Firefighters and Officers to maintain a functioning fire service for the Tasmanian Community.
Whilst this is an emerging concern right now, low pay and conditions will accelerate this issue over the coming decade. If we wait to fix this, community service delivery will be compromised.