Tasmanian jobs must be priority

Tasmanian Labor
  • Local workers
    lose out to interstate ‘specialists’
  • No process to
    check whether a local could do the job
  • Tasmanian
    jobs must be prioritised
  • Peter Gutwein must explain
    why interstate workers are being given quarantine exemptions to work on
    Tasmanian construction projects when there are locals who could do the job.

    Shadow Minister for Building
    and Construction, Jen Butler, said workers are being flown in to Tasmanian
    sites at the expense of locals who need work.

    “On one building site in
    Hobart, local workers have been sent home for two weeks and joiners and cabinet
    makers have been brought in from interstate.

    “We understand a local
    labour hire company has more than 100 workers on their books with those skills.

    “With a 25% forecast decline
    in residential building and 7% forecast in renovation work it is important that
    Tasmanian workers are prioritised above interstate workers.

    “That’s even more important
    when it’s clear the skills are available locally.”

    Ms Butler said the
    complexity of construction projects was increased by having to segregate local
    workers from fly in workers.

    “We end up with the
    ridiculous situation of local workers being stood down to protect their health,
    while interstate workers step in.

    “Local workers on these
    projects don’t have ‘back up’ jobs. Work is being taken from them at a time
    when they cannot afford financial stress.

    “There’s no system to test
    whether so-called ‘specialist’ workers being granted exemptions to enter the
    state without going into quarantine are actually specialists, and whether a
    local could do the same job.

    “It is not the job of the
    Emergency Controller to design that process. It is the job of the government to
    make sure that safeguards are in place to protect workers.

    “Peter Gutwein must explain whether there’s any process to assess whether a Tasmanian worker could do the job, before granting a special exemption to someone from interstate.” ‘

    Jen Butler MP

    Shadow Minister for Building and Construction

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