Details of Tasmania’s call centre deal with Qantas are yet to be released.
Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman says details of how Qantas’s call centre was secured for the state will be released when the deal is finalised.
Tasmanian workers are the winners after the airline decided to close its call centres in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Around 250 jobs have been secured at Qantas’s Hobart centre, while workers from Victoria and Queensland could be relocated there.
“It’s my job to present a very strong case for Tasmania, to fight for those jobs, put forward an appropriate support package to keep those jobs here in Tasmania, and that’s what we’ve done,” Premier Hodgman told reporters on Wednesday.
“We’ve had sensible and very commercially sensitive discussions.”
Mr Hodgman would not say what package his government had offered Qantas.
“We’ll release the information about the arrangements that have been struck … as soon as arrangements are finalised,” he said.
The Victorian government has blasted its federal counterpart for “taking sides” and helping Tasmania over the line.
Mr Hodgman said he was unaware of any federal government financial assistance.
He said it was good news for the island state, and for workers who chose to move there.
“We would roll out the red carpet for anyone who wants to relocate from Victoria or Queensland,” Mr Hodgman said.
“Why wouldn’t they want to come to Tasmania to work?”
Tasmania’s Labor opposition also welcomed the news, which came a day after the announcement a Sitel call centre would close in Devonport with the loss of 100 jobs.
Greens leader and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne said it underlined the state’s capacity to develop sustainable jobs.
Local member Andrew Wilkie said available workers and lower rents had made it a common sense decision.
“This is an especially sweet victory for Qantas staff who have campaigned vigorously to save the Glenorchy call centre,” he said.