Today brought the sad news that up to 45 staff at The Treasury will lose their jobs through forced redundancies. This is completely counter to the Coalition's promises before the election that no public servants would be sacked as a result of its budget cuts. Here's my statement on this troubling development:
TREASURY SACKINGS ARE ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE FROM TONY ABBOTT
Tony Abbott’s promise that no public servant would be forced out of a job because of his savage budget cuts has been shown up as entirely untrue.
Yesterday 36 staff at The Treasury were told they had been deemed ‘excess’ and would face involuntary redundancy. The sackings have continued this morning with up to 45 Treasury staff expected to be cut in this round of redundancies.
Before the last election, Tony Abbott gave a categorical promise that there would be no forced sackings in the Australian Public Service, saying:
“I really want to stress that we are not talking about forced redundancies, we are talking about not replacing everyone who leaves, that’s all.”
Tony Abbott should make a personal apology to every one of those 45 sacked Treasury workers for his broken promise.
What’s more, he owes it to every other public servant to come clean on how many more of them will be forced from their jobs because of his broken promise.
THURSDAY, 14 AUGUST 2014
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