Media Wrap: Department of Education Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme
Last Thursday afternoon, we held a joint press conference with the SSTUWA to make our concerns public about the rumoured 800 jobs to be cut from the Department of Education via the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme (VTSS) and the possibility of the Government utilising involuntary severances to make up any shortfall.
Follow up interviews ensued and continued into Friday. A sample of the media stories we yielded can be found below:
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As a result of this action, we know:
The number of VTSS expressions of interest that have been received by the Department of Education (282);
That the Minister claims the 800 figure is not accurate, but has not clarified what the target will be;
That the Minister initially issued a statement ruling out forced redundancies, but actively evaded repeating this assurance when further questioned by the media; and
We have pushed the conversation in to the open and are demanding answers on behalf of our members.
It should be noted that several attempts were made to confirm much of this information directly with the Department and the Minister’s office prior to us engaging the media on this issue, but responses were very limited.
Taken together with Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s comments from the weekend before last about not ruling out the use of involuntary severances, these responses have serious implications for both Education and the whole public sector. Consequently, we will be engaging members across the sector in action starting tomorrow to tackle this threat. Please look out for further communication from us outlining our next steps within the next 24 hours.
Let’s hold this new Government to account on its pre-election promises to support you and the important public services you deliver to our community.