Federal Budget 2013
PSU Budget Response
AFTER yesterday’s budget the CPSU (Federal Public Sector) expressed disappointment that the public sector would lose 1262 jobs, and also warned that the Coalition planned to cut much deeper if elected.
In a media release CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood said: “We are disappointed that the public sector will lose 1262 jobs in this Budget, though that will pale into insignificance if Tony Abbott is elected and cuts 20,000 or more.”
The union warned that Cuts at Centrelink, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service were bad news for the many Australians who relied on these services, as well for the workers affected.
Budget figures also show that the Government has cut 2175 jobs in the current financial year (2012/13), which the CPSU said confirmed that the public sector had borne more than its fair share of cuts.
The union also welcomed the fact that the Government has resisted the call from conservatives and business groups for radical austerity cuts. “Coalition state governments in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and now the NT have taken an axe to public sector jobs and services. At the Federal level the Coalition is promising more of the same if elected. Cuts like that at a Federal level would hurt the community and jobs right around Australia,” said Ms Flood.
Key measures affecting the Commonwealth public service in the Budget:
The Government is looking at savings of up to $580 million over four years by doing the following:
• A 1% cut in the budget for senior public service executives.
• Savings in procurement and travel
• Reducing office sizes by 12.5% – from 16 to 14sq m.
Total staffing figures:
2012/13 total: 256,631 – 56,711 military and 19,967 reserves = 179,953 public sector employees (-2175)
2013/14 total: 257,376 – 58,235 military and 20,450 reserves = 178,691 public sector employees (-1262)
ACTU Budget response
On the Federal Budget ACTU President Ged Kearney said the most important measure of a Budget was job creation. “By that measure, this Budget is a success. The Government has protected Australian jobs at a time of challenging economic circumstances by avoiding a slash-and-burn approach to return to surplus prematurely.”
Ms Kearney said Australia’s future was dependent on strong employment, and the Treasurer choosing to ignore calls for austere measures, like those in Europe was a prudent decision.
“Instead this Budget outlines investments in areas that will encourage job creation, improve school education and deliver a better life for families. This includes infrastructure projects, childcare, disability and education investments.
“The schools improvement plan and the disability funding are historic reforms that will leave a lasting legacy. These are long term projects that require the support of future governments in order to reach their full potential.”
Ms Kearney said the ACTU welcomed the government’s move to allow those on NewStart to work more hours a week before losing their payment but said the ACTU believed the allowance should be increased.
“Unions strongly support welfare that assists those who need it most. The baby bonus has been superseded for working families by the better targeted Paid Parental Leave scheme.
“This is a good budget from a reformist government which balances jobs and growth with fairness and compassion, especially for those with disabilities. There is much for workers and their families to be pleased about,” Ms Kearney said.
The following graphs are from the ACTU