Tasmanian councillors have been criticised for getting a payrise from November 1 while some council workers wages remain frozen.
Allowances for local government representatives will go up 2.4 per cent, taking the earnings for the mayors in Launceston and Hobart to $133,347 a year and deputy mayor allowances to $62,704.
Councillors in those cities will receive an annual allowance of $38,099.
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The Burnie, Central Coast Devonport mayors are set to receive $81,754 while councillors in those municipalities will receive $23,358 a year.
The lowest paid mayors are on Flinders and King Island.
They are set to receive $34,218.
Councillors in those municipalities will receive $9777.
The City of Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy, Burnie, Devonport, Kingborough, and Huon Valley councils have frozen the wages of workers for this year.
Australian Services Union spokesperson Samantha Batchelor said the wage freezes had hurt workers and the communities in which they lived.
She said all council workers deserved at least the inflation-based increase councillors were set to receive.
Councils that have frozen wages have the financial capacity to meet fair wage increases with some even posting substantial surpluses and others able to run modest but sustainable deficits," Ms Batchelor said.
Its time for those councils that have frozen wages to come good on a fair pay rise for council workers.
Under the Local Government Act, a councillor, mayor or deputy mayor can forego part or all of their allowance by notifying a council general manager in writing.
Allowances can be paid on a fortnightly or monthly basis.
A Local Government of Tasmania spokeswoman said the increase in councillor allowances was legislated and automatic.
"But we are aware that a number of councils, including all North-West councils, have passed resolutions to not take the increase," she said.
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