Wage freeze proposed in Tasmania to ‘save jobs’

The Tasmanian Government says it’s committed to saving public sector jobs. It’s signed off on a wage freeze to get the budget under control.

Moves to put a freeze on public sector wages for 12 months would “save jobs”, claims the Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein, who is preparing legislation to enact the changes by October.

In a statement, Gutwein said:

“The wage pause, and then moving to 2% increases after that, would save $50 million a year and around 500 jobs.”

Citing budget concerns, in April the Tasmanian government suggested it would need to cut 1500 jobs.

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