Abbott’s ‘wrecking ball’ for public sector
IN CASE you missed it, Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down his first Federal Budget this week.
It hasn't been overly well received - it's filled with spending cuts, abolition of departments and agencies, and new fees and charges for families already struggling with a rising cost of living.
A projected 16,500 public sector jobs will go over the next three years, as a result of cuts, asset sell-offs and outsourcing.
However, it's believed that number could soar to as high as 25,000.
More than 7300 positions will be cut in the first 12 months.
The Australian Tax Office will wear the worst of the cuts, with 4700 positions scrapped.
Say what you like about the ATO and public sector in general, a lost job is a lost job.
CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood described the budget as a "wrecking ball".
"This budget is a con job," she said.
"Step one they pretend the public service is bigger than it is, step two they run down the public service through cuts, step three they sell it off to their big business mates."
Ms Flood said the only real winners in the budget were multinational corporations who will be lining up to run public services for a profit.
"Tony Abbott has smashed his promise to public sector workers that they would not get sacked," she said.
"He promised no more than 12,000 job cuts over two years and through natural attrition.
"He also promised not to cut the ABC and the CSIRO.
"It's a myth you can cut this many jobs and not affect services.
"Australia has an efficient public service already groaning after previous cuts.
"Hidden in these budget figures is the real story that the public service has already been cut this year by 2695 jobs.
"So there will be over 10,000 jobs gone by the end of next year.
"Cutting 500 CSIRO staff will not help us come up with world-class innovations we need for globally competitive industries.
"And cutting civilian staff in Defence simply means taking soldiers out of the frontline and putting them behind desks."