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To: Jeremy Rockliff, Premier of Tasmania

Australia's Lowest Paid Firefighters

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.

Tasmania, Australia

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2023-01-05 11:20:13 +1100

The government is again threatening to withhold an additional 12 months of backpay if Firefighters do not agree to the current offer, which would continue to see our Firefighters receive the lowest pay, the lowest superannuation and the lowest allowances in the country.

2022-10-05 09:18:27 +1100

After months of delays, the government is returning to the negotiating table. This would not have happened without support from the community (voters) telling the government to return to negotiations.

2022-08-30 17:25:37 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2022-08-16 11:41:31 +1000

The government has been caught out lying again. They told journalists that Firefighters walked away from negotiations, but we turned up to the meeting and they didn't.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REbYmNRTJpw

2022-08-04 13:55:18 +1000

500 signatures reached

2022-07-28 09:53:00 +1000

With inflation set to rise to 7%, and local Firefighters already 10% behind the mainland, the Tasmanian government has not changed their pay offer of 2.35% and 2.5%. This government's position would see Tasmanian Firefighters fall further behind compared to other states and compared to bills.

2022-07-07 09:35:58 +1000

Does this government think that Tasmanian Firefighters should be paid less than Firefighters in other states?

The transcript speaks for itself:

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2022-06-30 20:53:54 +1000

100 signatures reached

2022-06-30 20:11:30 +1000

50 signatures reached

2022-06-30 19:36:13 +1000

25 signatures reached

2022-06-30 19:07:33 +1000

10 signatures reached