The Premier, Will Hodgman, is being disingenuous and treating public sector workers with contempt by his continued refusal to detail from which departments his 700 job cuts will be made, said Greens Leader Kim Booth MP.
“If this is the Premier’s Plan A, no wonder he is worried about potentially needing a Plan B,” Mr Booth said.
“So far, Plan A is as clear as mud. Other than a timeframe for completing the sackings, there are no details and no contingencies.”
“It defies belief that the Premier can detail the exact number of jobs to go each financial year, and not know which ones are to go. This year a very specific number of 361 jobs have been targeted, yet Mr Hodgman refuses to say where they will come from.”
“People will not buy for one second this feigned compassion that somehow to provide clear transparency on this matter will upset some public sector workers, as all this secrecy does is condemn all the state’s public sector workers to distressing uncertainty.”
“Similarly, the Premier’s undertaking of no forced redundancies will ring hollow for public sector workers, given his refusal to amend the State Service Act to remove the sections which provide for forced redundancies,” Mr Booth said.