VTHC Victorian Budget Response

Cranes in the Sky, Shovels in the Ground and Food on Tables

Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) welcomes the Andrews Government’s strong focus on jobs in its third budget.

The Andrews Government has created over 200,000 jobs since winning government and VTHC Secretary Luke Hilakari congratulates the Premier on work done to date. 

Major infrastructure projects are expected to create 50,000 jobs and VTHC welcomes the focus on public transport, particularly for regional Victoria.

The pipeline of infrastructure works also shows the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to long-term projects and a plan for Victoria’s future.

Trades Hall will continue to work on ensuring that all new jobs created are secure and safe, and calls on the immediate introduction of portable long service leave and labour hire reform to protect our most low-paid and vulnerable workers.

To that end we are concerned about changes that may affect workers in the public sector. We call on the Government to make sure that these jobs are protected.

Trades Hall backs the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing support for public education, community safety, family violence prevention and equality for LGBTI Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Luke Hilakari, Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary

“This is a budget that puts cranes in the sky, shovels in the ground and food on the tables of Victorian workers.”

“In its third budget for Victoria, the Andrews Government has again demonstrated its commitment to working Victorians, with a focus on jobs, health, education and transport.”

“We want all new jobs created in Victoria to be quality jobs. They must provide safe, secure and ongoing employment for Victorians, particularly women, young and older workers plus those from migrant communities.” 

“It’s important that public sector jobs are protected.”

“This budget is great for jobs. 250 jobs are being created every day under this government.”

“If you’re a young person looking for a job, you should move to Victoria.”

“It is time for Prime Minister Turnbull to come to the table now. Turnbull’s Liberals have abandoned Victoria but with our impressive pipeline of infrastructure and investment planned for Victoria, it’s going to be hard for the Liberals to ignore us.”


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