3,000 jobs gone
Up to 30,000 public sector workers are expected to strike in Queensland next month, opposing state government's plans to slash staff numbers.
Since taking up office in March Queensland Liberal/National Party Premier Campbell Newman has been on a mission to decimate the public sector, believing it will not affect frontline services.
Just how will that happen?
The new government claims there are up to 20,000 too many public sector jobs which has made a lot of staff very nervous.
An estimated 3,000 temporary and casual jobs disappeared on June 30 with more to go which has prompted the first wave ofindustrial action.
If you think it could only happen in Queensland then think again.
It could quite easily happen here in Western Australia which is why we are calling on you to help us secure your employment future.
The Barnett Government has already put a freeze on Full Time Equivalent numbers in the public sector and will cut a further 5% off most government department budgets between now and 2015-16.
Western Australia's population is growing at an estimated 1000 people per week and the cutbacks will mean less peoplewill be expected to take on a bigger workload and the public will be forced to wait even longer to access public services.
There has been a major spike in insecure work in the WA public sector which makes it easier for government to get rid of contract workers.
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