The state's public sector unions have rejected the government's revised pay and conditions agreement and vowed to increase industrial action if the offer is not amended.
The government scraped its 2 per cent wage cap policy in favour of a 2 per cent rise in the first year of a new agreement, a 2.25 per cent rise in the second year, and 2.5 per cent in the third year.
This came with a demand on a range of savings efficiencies.
Community Public Sector Union state secretary Tom Lynch said after review, the new offer was worse than the original.
"They're asking our members to accept wage increases that are below the cost of living and to trade off significant conditions (unions) have fought for and won over many years," he said.
Mr Lynch said the new offer would equate to $30.7 million over three years in savings while the higher wage increases would cost $24 million.
He said the CPSU polled its members and 95 per cent of them had rejected the government's position.
"All public sector unions have said to the government your revised bargaining position is unacceptable," Mr Lynch said.
"If the government doesn't address these issues and offer our members increase, and do that in a very short period of time, we will go back to industrial action and escalate rapidly."
He said this would include targeting the government and its revenue streams.
"We were very cautious last time around to make sure that services were protected as much as possible but our members now are incredibly frustrated and they're talking about significant industrial action and stop-work meetings that unfortunately will impact services right across this state," Mr Lynch said.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation state executive director Andrew Brakey said suggestions that the union was putting patients' lives at risk through industrial action were false.
"There are postponements of surgeries but those patients are well-within their waiting times," he said.
Mr Brakey said the union was putting together a counter offer dealing with allowances and pay increases which would see nurses attracted to work and retained in Tasmania.
Australian Education Union state president Helen Richardson said members were particularly disappointed in the reduction of public holidays.
She said the union would continue to consult with members before reaching a decision next Friday on further industrial action or a counter claim.
Health and Community Services Union state secretary Tim Jacobson said wage caps and meaningless discussions over conditions had dragged on since the middle of last year.
This had resulted in members voting on more bans and limitations to take place over the next month, he said.
"Members are more angry now than they have been right throughout this campaign," Mr Jacobson said.
"But we will ensure that any industrial action we take has a minimal effect on the community and maximum effect on Will Hodgman and his mates in this government."
United Voice state secretary Jannette Armstrong said correctional officers could not be any more efficient in what she described as a underfunded criminal justice system.
United Firefighter Union vice-president Leigh Hills said workloads put on Tasmanian firefighters heavy while resources were lacking.
Treasurer Peter Gutwein accused the unions of being more interested in disruption than negotiation.
He further accused their tactics as a ploy to "cause as much political noise and disruption in the lead up to the federal election."
Mr Gutwein urged the unions to quickly produce their counter proposals.