Jobs figures intensify need to protect all workers

Tasmanian Labor
  • Latest
    figures show Tasmania worst affected by job losses around Australia
  • New data
    reinforce concerns about casuals falling through the cracks
  • If Federal
    government won’t act, State government must
  • The latest jobs figures reinforce the need for State
    government action to support Tasmanians who have lost their jobs as a result of
    COVID-19.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White said Tasmania recorded the
    biggest job losses of any state or territory, shedding 7.3 per cent of all jobs
    in the three weeks between 14 March and 4 April.

    “Not only that but wages paid in Tasmania fell by 7.5 per
    cent over the same period, compared with the national average of 6.7 per cent,”
    Ms White said.

    “The state’s job losses were highest among those aged over
    70, at around 20 per cent, followed by the 20 to 29 demographic at 8.3 per cent
    and under 20s at 7.3 per cent.

    “These figures appear to be a stark consequence of excluding
    casuals who’ve been with their employer for under 12 months from the JobKeeper
    Payment.

    “Labor has expressed concerns for weeks now that too many
    Tasmanians are falling through the cracks as a result of the Federal
    government’s lack of support.

    “We’ve heard from casual student workers who have lost their
    employment but are not eligible for JobKeeper or JobSeeker payments, meaning
    they can’t pay their rent or bills and face ongoing uncertainty.

    “As well as students, other casuals, local government
    workers and visa holders are among thousands of Tasmanian workers who have been
    overlooked by the Federal government.

    “Today’s figures demonstrate that this must be rectified so that
    no worker is left behind in what is an already difficult and stressful time.

    “I again call on the Prime Minister to vary eligibility for
    the JobKeeper program, which can be done with the stroke of a pen, and extend
    the safety net to groups that have been excluded.

    “We must support all our workers and if the Prime Minister fails to do so, I again urge Peter Gutwein to step up and fill this gap to support all Tasmanians during this difficult time.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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