A fast tracked process for the review of Tasmania’s state service raises fears of a sham consultation process that will result in job cuts.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said public servants are rightly concerned.
“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.
“Importantly, genuine consultation is essential on such a significant process, and this does not appear to be occurring. The government allowed three months for consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for the review, but has given only until the 9th of October for public sector workers to provide input to the review.
“With an interim report due by the end of October, it seems the process has been engineered to justify job cuts in time for what’s expected to be a horror state budget in November.
“Peter Gutwein made a commitment that he would not cut jobs in the public sector, and workers will hold him to account for that.
“The Premier has shown no appetite to fight to save Tasmanian jobs, including through his failure to fight his Federal colleagues over cuts to JobKeeper.
“This government has no plan for jobs. Only Labor has a plan to protect and grow Tasmanian jobs.
“Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package is designed to get people back into jobs, help those hardest hit by COVID-19, and build a better, fairer Tasmania.”
Rebecca White MP