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Union requests meeting with Newman

Together union secretary Alex Scott.
Together union secretary Alex Scott. Sharyn O'Neill

PUBLIC servants hope to plead with the Queensland Premier to undertake the job cuts process in a way that "significantly reduces fear and anxiety".

Together union secretary Alex Scott has asked for a meeting with Campbell Newman to directly convey the issues facing his members as the government works towards chopping 20,000 public service jobs from the payroll.

"We believe there is still an opportunity for this government to right the ship, deliver a strong budget but do so in a way that doesn't damage Queenslanders' lives and is more in tune with the Queensland community's attitudes," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott, in his letter to the premier, said he believed the government's approach to reducing the size of the public service was contrary to LNP policy and election commitments.

He said the government campaigned on the basis there would be no forced retrenchments and restructuring would be managed through natural attrition, career advancement and training opportunities.

Mr Scott asked the government to adjust negotiations to "reflect these election promises".

"These changes are having a dramatic impact on the lives of tens of thousands of Queensland public servants and their families," he wrote.

"The stress currently being experienced by all public servants who do not know if they will have a job at Christmas is intense.

"Added to this is the unnecessary stress being placed on them by having to re-apply for their jobs using processes that are haphazard and lacking in fairness and transparency.

"Our members have no faith in the processes being used to undertake these changes."

A spokesman for the Premier said Mr Newman met with Mr Scott both in opposition and in government.

He said given Mr Scott's erratic behaviour, the government had rightly handed negotiations over to the independent umpire, the Industrial Relations Commission.

"The last time a meeting was arranged Mr Scott turned it into a media stunt and refused to meet with the treasurer," he said.

"We're not interested in stunts, we're interested in negotiating a fair pay deal and saving every job we can."

Topics:  campbell newman public servants together union


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