Labor is calling on the government to keep its promise to the Tasmanian public servants and not cut jobs and services as part of its review.
Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said Peter Gutwein has waged a war with the public service over the last six years, and now is not the time to fire more weapons.
“The review terms of reference refer to efficiencies, improvements, and streamlining – in the past this has been used as classic code for privatisation and job cuts.
“There is nothing wrong with a review of the state service to ensure it is undertaking best practice, but at such an unprecedented time in the state’s history, it must not lead to the loss of vital Tasmanian jobs or diminishing the quality of services.
“Labor has highlighted the importance of not cutting public sector jobs in Tasmania in its COVID-19 Recovery Package.
“Peter Gutwein, when questioned in Parliament, said there were no plans to cut jobs in the public sector, particularly at this time.
“He needs to remember this, and the government needs to honour its commitment .
“This pandemic has already caused enough heartache for Tasmanians. It will be bad for our recovery and our economy if the government goes after public service jobs and frontline services.”