Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

State Government Cost-Cutting Hits Fraser Coast Offices and Staff Hard; Fire and Rescue Workers among Those Facing Dole Queue

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

State Government Cost-Cutting Hits Fraser Coast Offices and Staff Hard; Fire and Rescue Workers among Those Facing Dole Queue

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Byline: Clementine Norton

UP TO 30 government staff across the Fraser Coast are already out of work and more facing the dole queue a including anon-frontlinea staff for emergency services.

As State Government cost-cutting hits, casual employees and contract workers have been in the firing line across the state.

In Maryborough, two Queensland Fire and Rescue employees with more than 40 years in public service between them, fear for their jobs after being told they were aemployees requiring placementa a meaning they will either be moved to a different job or made redundant.

The QFRS workers, one of whom works in the IT department, were told that they must decide to either keep looking for work within the public service across Queensland, or take a redundancy package.

But with few jobs likely to become available in the Fraser Coast public service within the four-month deadline, the men and their families are left with a difficult choice.

Together union organiser Ron Fossen said he understood that each government department in the Fraser Coast had lost one or two staff in the recent wave of cost-cutting, adding up to an estimated 30 people. …

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