Since 2011 Tasmanian governments have capped the wages of Tasmanians working in the public sector.
Education Facility Attendants (EFAs), the cleaners and groundskeepers of Tassie’s public schools, weren’t copping it anymore.
Together with other public sector workers, EFAs walked off the job, implemented work bans and rallied for public support.
Union members were willing to meet the Hodgman Government halfway, dropping their ask to 2.5%, but all the Treasurer and Premier offered was 2.1%.
EFAs escalated their work bans, refusing to clean toilets to put further pressure on the Liberal Government.
Some schools were forced to close, and the Department of Education brought in contract cleaners – a contravention of the industrial agreement.
When the contractors were brought in to Rose Bay High School, EFAs picketed outside in the icy, heavy rain.
It was then that the Hodgman Government listened, making them a 2.5% pay offer for the next 12 months.
This wouldn’t have happened if the EFAs hadn’t stood together in their union, backing each other the whole way through their campaign.
To win a job you can count on, you need to join your union and stand together with your workmates!