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Public sector downsize a litany of misinformation, incompetence, deceit, redundant bureaucrat says
By Stephen Smiley, May 8 2015
A widely circulated letter penned by an exasperated Tasmanian bureaucrat on Thursday is being used as proof morale in the public sector is “at rock bottom”.
The writer, Peter Cremasco, was an advisor in the Invasive Species Branch of Biosecurity Tasmania, but accepted a redundancy package and clocked off for the final time this week.
In an open letter sent to top state public servants and Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff before his departure, Mr Cremasco described the downsizing of the public sector in the past 12 months as an “absolute dog’s breakfast”.
“I do not exaggerate when I say that, after nearly 30 years in the public service here and interstate, this has been the most atrociously implemented organisational change I have ever encountered,” he wrote.
“If there was ever a plan, the rule book has been left to gather dust in a filing cabinet somewhere.”
Public sector job cuts a ‘disaster’, worker claims
Mr Cremasco’s LinkedIn profile shows he worked within the Tasmanian public service for nearly seven years, and spent nearly two decades working for Queensland’s Lands and National Resources and Mining departments.
It is a sad indictment that the decision to take a redundancy, all the while with no other employment in the pipeline, has still left me feeling like the lucky one.
Redundant bureaucrat Peter Cremasco
He said the job cuts in Tasmania, since the State Government’s first budget in August last year, had been a “disaster”.
“The last 12 months bear testimony to a litany of misinformation, inconsistencies, incompetence, mismanagement, secrecy and deceit, and some of the most appalling regard for human resources I have ever witnessed,” he said.
“It is a sad indictment that the decision to take a redundancy, all the while with no other employment in the pipeline, has still left me feeling like the lucky one.”
Mr Cremasco has not responded to the ABC’s attempt to contact him for an interview.
Government says cuts ‘for the better’
The Minister responsible for Biosecurity Tasmania, Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff, released a statement responding to the letter.
Mr Rockliff acknowledged the job cuts had been “difficult”, and said a cut to Commonwealth funding for biosecurity was at least in part to blame.
Mr Rockliff also defended the State Government’s job cuts in the sector, stressing the changes were “for the better”.
But Public Sector Union secretary Tom Lynch said Mr Rockliff’s response was inadequate.
He said the letter was proof of his often repeated claim that morale within Tasmania’s public sector was “at rock bottom”.
“Completely lost by this government is that they’re dealing with people,” he said.
“When the Treasurer (Peter Gutwein) stands up in the House and celebrates the fact the he’s reduced the public sector by 750 FTE (full time equivalent jobs), well, I’m appalled at that,” Mr Lynch said.