Thousands of Tasmanian public servants receive pay rise before Christmas

About 10,000 public servants are sent to get a 2 per cent pay rise before Christmas.

The government, Community and Public Sector Union, and Health and Community Services Union have reached an in-principle agreement that will affect thousands of workers. 

The agreement also includes two additional weeks of maternity leave, 10 days each year of family violence leave and five days of paid partner leave for the birth of a child. 

Some shift workers in hospitals will also see an increase in their loading. 

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the deal was fair and affordable. 

“The in-principle agreement is consistent with the government’s wages policy, which means it will not only deliver real benefits for public servants, it will also help to balance the budget,” Mr Gutwein said.

“It also allows the government to continue investing more back into vital frontline services that the community relies on. 

“That’s a win-win for everyone.”