United Voice launch new campaign

Members of United Voice hit the streets in Launceston on Friday for the launch of a new campaign.

About 50 workers from a range of industries marched from Prince’s Square to the Hotel Tasmania as part of ‘Jobs You Can Count On.’

State secretary of United Voice Jannette Armstrong said the rally was the beginning of a new chapter for the group.

“United Voice members across the state are telling us how sick they are of increasing inequality in their work, as well as a lack of security,” she said.

Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney described the union’s claims as a “a political scare campaign.”

“The facts are that, under the Liberal government, the number of people in work is at an all-time high,” she said.

“More than 11,000 jobs have been created since we were elected and 3,400 of those new jobs are full-time.”

United Voice boasts 100,000 members nationally and about 3000 in Tasmania. Ms Armstrong said the organisation had both the federal and state governments in its sights.

“We’re essentially putting the state government on notice, and we’ll be campaigning all the way up to the state election, and also the federal election when it comes up,” she said.