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Union leaders call for detail of Liberals’ planned public service cuts

The Mercury, Michelle Paine

UNIONS are calling on Liberal leader Will Hodgman to detail where job losses would be felt in the public service.

Premier Lara Giddings stood with union leaders at a rally outside Parliament House today to say that it was the wrong time to make cuts to public services.

She said jobs growth was turning a corner, and cutting jobs would hurt confidence.

Tasmania’s unemployment rate improved on Australian Bureau of Statistics figures out today.

The Liberals have vowed to cut 500 full-time-equivalent jobs in the first two years of government.

But because they have also promised nearly 400 extra jobs in some areas, unions asked which other areas would have to be cut to meet that growth.

Community and Public Sector Union secretary Tom Lynch urged the Liberals to reconsider their approach, particularly given their emphasis on job creation.

“We’ve always said that cutting public service jobs while the economy is soft only leads to further job losses in the private sector. Any further cuts will hit business confidence and damage our fragile economic recovery,” Mr Lynch said.

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