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United Workers Union members at The Republic Bar will meet on Monday afternoon to discuss their futures in the wake of news that the iconic and independent North Hobart pub has been sold.

The new owner, Pub Banc Group, also owns Cargo, Jack Greene, T42 and several other Hobart establishments. The Republic Bar will formally move to their ownership in just a few weeks, on 4 February 2020.

Jannette Armstrong from United Workers Union, the hospitality union, says, “It is disappointing that it appears Pub Banc has chosen not to keep on the core staff who have made The Repub the friendly, welcoming, well-patronised institution it is. United Workers Union understands that permanent staff have already been made redundant, while other casual staff have yet to hear if their employment will continue with Pub Banc.

“Most Hobartians will have fond memories of big nights, great gigs, and friendly down-to-earth service at The Republic Bar, all made possible by the awesome staff team. We would encourage Pub Banc to do the right thing by these loyal staff members, by offering them ongoing employment and the opportunity to be part of The Republic’s next chapter.”


Media queries: Elisabeth Bowdler 1300 898 633

Media comment: Jannette Armstrong 0419 384 777