Wage increase for paramedics

THE Tasmanian Industrial Commission has granted the state's paramedics a 14.1 per cent wage increase.

This comes 15 months after the Health and Community Services Union lodged an application with the commission, asking for a reassessment of the work value for paramedics in Tasmania.

State secretary Tim Jacobson said the last assessment was in 1989, when paramedics learned skills ``on the job'' rather than at university.

``Paramedics require more education, greater knowledge, improved clinical skills and take on much more responsibility,'' Mr Jacobson said.

``They deserve this recognition of the value of their work and deserve to take their place alongside other health professionals.

``This is a historic win and we congratulate ambulance paramedics for their commitment to earning this outcome.''

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