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Dirty toilets as unions down brushes

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More industrial action is looming from the pay dispute between the Tasmanian Government and public servants.

The Health and Community Services Union yesterday announced escalated action will include intermittent bans on cleaning public toilets and sterilisation, after knocking back the government's latest pay offer. 

Labor Leader Rebecca White has warned the government against bringing in what she calls "scab labour" to keep facilities clean. 

"The industrial action which we have learnt about in the media today will clearly affect patients who need services in hospitals, as well as their families and other visitors to hospitals," said Health Minister Michael Ferguson. 

Meantime, Tasmania's education Minister says a strong response to the state's biggest-ever teacher recruitment drive is rubbishing union claims the state's no longer attractive for professionals.

Nearly 70 new full timers are now in Tasmanian schools, with regional locations including Ringarooma Primary, Dover District School and Flinders Island prioritised for the new intake.

Minister Jeremy Rockliff says they want 250 new teachers and 80 assistants in the next six years.

"600 people applied for those 70 positions - I take my hat off to the successful applicants," he said during a visit to Taroona High on Wednesday. 

"That just highlights the fact that people want to come to Tasmania and teach, which is just terrific."