Public servants are prepared to go on strike over a pay claim rejecting statements by Treasurer Peter Gutwein that their average wage is around $110,000 a year .
Mr Gutwein told parliament that public servants were paid $40,000 more than most other Tasmanians and most received additional pay rises after every 12 months of continuous service.
”This means that most public servants are getting pay rises between 3 per cent and 5 percent already, which is well above the rate of inflation,” he said.
Community and Public sector union secretary Tom Lynch said 81 per cent of public servants earned below $110,000 a year.
“I don’t know where his average of $110,000 comes from when the Australian Bureau of Statistics show average weekly earning of public servants in Tasmania is $74,000,” he said.
Mr Lynch, who yesterday launched the union’s campaign for a three per cent wage rise, said it was appalling that Mr Gutwein was denigrating public servants and would not lift the 2 per cent cap on wages.
“There’s a large number of people who are willing to go on strike in pursuit of this,” he said.
“If we don’t do something now to break this wage cap, public service workers in Tasmania will continue to go backwards.”
Labor’s treasury spokesman Scott Bacon said Mr Gutwein’s comments divided Tasmanian workers and denigrated public servants.
Mr Gutwein said the Government's wages bill in 2017-18 including superannuation was nearly $2.7 billion and its biggest expense.