Government plan to cut 3500 jobs

THE Queensland Public Sector Union says a State Government plan to offer public servants voluntary separation isn’t “entirely voluntary”.

The government is set to offer public servants golden handshakes of up to 90 weeks’ pay in an effort to cut 3500 jobs.

QPSU assistant state secretary Kate Flanders said: “We know the government is strapped for cash, but our preference would be that they balance the budget in other ways.

“I think because some public servants offered the (voluntary separation) who don’t want to take it, that they may be put into different roles, that that is putting them into a corner, so I don’t think the program is entirely voluntary.

“Effectively, you’ve created a forced redundancy situation, and I think that surely with the floods and Cyclone Yasi, they would want more hands on deck, rather than less.”

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said the plan provided a dignified and voluntary exit for public sector workers.

“The whole idea is to reduce the costs of government and within the space of two years it will save in recurrent costs $350 million.”

LNP Member for Mirani Ted Malone said the government could achieve the same ends through “natural attrition”.

He also questioned the offer of 90 weeks’ pay.

“Where does that put other workers in our community?” he asked.



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