Fears 1500 Jobs will be lost
About 1500 jobs will be slashed from the public service to pay for $450 million in savings announced in the State Budget. "Any jobs that could have been cut have already been cut," CPSU Secretary Tom Lynch said. "I've no idea how Treasurer Peter Gutwein thinks that agencies that already are under stress are going to run with 1500 fewer people. "It makes less sense than any budget I've ever seen. "Public servants were worried that if they asked for more than two per cent in bargaining there would be job cuts." "Well now they're getting job cuts and a pay cut too."