CPSU in the News
Liberal policies will see 1200 jobs lost, claims union
The Mercury, Matt Smith, February 20
A UNION has emailed 5000 current and former Tasmanian public servants warning that the Liberals’planned budget cuts would cost 1200 jobs, which is 700 more than the figure that has been claimed by the State Opposition.
The Community (and) Public Sector Union email says “Plans by the Liberals to cut public sector jobs to pay for their election promises are unrealistic and will lead to services being slashed throughout the state.
“The CPSU has now calculated the total number of jobs that will be cut from policies so far announced is 1203 and that does not include 300 jobs that could also go from Forestry Tasmania.”
But Opposition Treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein said yesterday the email was “just another Labor-union scare”. “We have never hidden our policy on this and for more than 12 months it has been a matter of public record that we will reduce the size of the public service by only 1 per cent a year for two years, in total 500 FTEs over the first two years, using natual attrition.”