Queensland public sector union Together state secretary Alex Scott at a protest for Queensland Health employees' rights in Rockhampton last year.
Queensland public sector union Together state secretary Alex Scott at a protest for Queensland Health employees' rights in Rockhampton last year. Sharyn O'Neill

Job cut casualties turn to Greens, businesses for help

UPDATE 1pm: THE Federal Government must do more to protect Queensland public sector employees from the Newman Government's job cuts, say the Greens.

It comes as Rockhampton businesses band together to support people who have lost jobs through government and mining cuts.

At a press conference in Brisbane this morning Australian Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt said it was time to assess whether the Fair Work Act was properly protecting Queensland's public sector employees.

Mr Bandt will give notice of a motion to establish the inquiry on Monday.

"Public sector workers are under attack like never before and no more so than in Campbell Newman's Queensland," Mr Bandt said.

"So far the Federal Government's response has been limited. The Commonwealth could be doing much more to protect State public sector employees across the country and this inquiry will explore how."

Meanwhile, a group of Rockhampton businesses is already taking it upon themselves to help those who have been the victims of not only public sector job cuts, but also mining and Ergon Energy job cuts.

Owner of Rockhampton business BizPro Solutions, Melinda White, has organized two free workshops with presentations from other local businesses offering practical help on getting a job and advice for those suffering the emotional strain of losing their jobs.

"As a human resources professional, I started getting too many phone calls from friends and associates wanting to know who they can turn to find out more about resume writing and how to get another job.  Their situations are heart-wrenching," Ms White said.

"With so many cutbacks across the State and Federal governments, the resources in Departments that would normally assist our unemployed have been cut to the bone so it is up to local business to support our local people."

Places are limited and bookings for these sessions are essential.  Register online at bizprosolutions.com.au.

10.25AM: THE Together public sector union secretary Alex Scott and Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt will today release the terms of reference for a Federal Parliamentary inquiry into protecting state employees from job cuts.

The terms will be announced at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital at 10.30.



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