Public sector braces for more job cuts

My ACT Labor colleagues and I are really worried about the Abbott Government's moves to privatise public service functions. All Canberrans know what that means: even more jobs on the chopping block.



Labor’s Federal representatives are extremely concerned about the Abbott Government’s plans for privatising public sector functions, which will ultimately lead to more job losses in Canberra.

The Abbott Government is making plans to privatise tens of thousands more public service jobs as part of its ‘contestability program’.

Reports out over recent days suggest more than 30,000 Commonwealth Government jobs may be lost over the next few years as a result.

There is no doubt this will impact services across the country.

Thousands of workers in Canberra now have little to no job security, placing them under enormous personal strain. This new threat comes on top of the rolling redundancy program which is already underway, and will see 16,500 public servants laid off over the next few years. 

It also comes as the Abbott Government continues to wage war with public servants over their workplace rights. Public Service Minister Eric Abetz is attempting to force below-inflation wage offers and deep cuts to conditions on the very people who are working hard to deliver his government’s policy agenda.   

The Australian Public Service simply cannot continue to function effectively when staff are being sacked in droves and those left behind are forced to battle for their most basic workplace entitlements.

Canberrans who experienced the Coalition’s last term in government know the damage that their short-sighted and ideological public sector cuts can do. Labor will continue to stand against these attacks on the local economy, jobs and our community.    


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Cnr Gungahlin Pl and Efkarpidis Street, Gungahlin ACT 2912 | 02 6247 4396 | [email protected] | Authorised by A. Leigh MP, Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch), Canberra.