Tasmanian Labor announces plan to combat casualisation of jobs in state

Labor has committed to reviewing the state public service to try to ameliorate increased casualisation of the state’s workforce.

The party announced its workplace relations policy which will include a review Industrial Relations Act and Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the party in government would examine the state service provisions around conversion from casual work to permanent work and look at introducing long-service leave for contracted workers within sectors where jobs are changed rapidly.

Ms White said employment legislation needed to be contemporary and reflect changing nature or work, including increased casualisation of the state's workforce

"We want to be able to provide secure, permanent jobs for people and address the fact that over the last 12 months 1600 people have lost full-time work in Tasmania,” she said.

The party also wants to introduce industrial manslaughter and presumptive post traumatic stress disorder legislation.

Labor’s workplace relations spokeswoman Sarah Lovell said Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed about 22,000 Tasmanians wanted to work more hours.

Ms Lovell said contractors within the construction industry had long service leave entitlements with the scheme supported by compulsory levee payments from workers, placed in a fund overseen by a board.

She said Labor would work with industries and unions to see if this model could be applied across other industries.

Unions Tasmania secretary Jessica Munday said unions were please Labor was addressing underemployment issues in the state.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the government had acknowledged issues surrounding post traumatic stress disorder claims by workers and had commissioned a review.

“This is yet another unfunded, uncosted policy from Labor and shows they can’t be taken seriously and they certainly can’t be trusted to manage the budget,” he said.