Thousands of regional public sector workers will endure a nervous Christmas as they wait to find out whether they will lose their jobs under plans by the Baillieu-Ryan Government, Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Development, Jacinta Allan said today.
Ms Allan said the Baillieu-Ryan Government’s decision to cut thousands of public sector jobs would hit regional centres like Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, LaTrobe Valley, Mildura and Wodonga hard where an estimated 12,000 public sector workers were employed. “The Baillieu-Ryan Government’s Christmas gift to regional Victorian families is to cut jobs,” Ms Allan said.
“Regional Victorian families should be preparing to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, but thanks to the Baillieu-Ryan Government many are now wondering if they will have a job in 2012. “It is back to the future under this latest version of a Liberal National Coalition Government. Last time they were in power, thousands of regional public sectors workers lost their job.
“It looks like the Liberal National Government are set to do it all again with another round of cuts to the public sector.
“The 2011/12 Budget Update released last week reveals 3600 public sector jobs, or one in ten jobs, will be cut and many of these job losses will come from regional Victoria.
“These new cuts will put even more pressure on frontline services as the people who do this work support our teachers, nurses, police, prison officers and emergency services workers in regional Victoria,” she said.
Ms Allan said the Liberal National Government had made things worse by abolishing the role of a Minister for Regional jobs and failing to produce a plan to boost the economy and create jobs for regional Victorian families.
“The impact of this inaction has already been felt with numerous regional factory closures in recent months on top of these public sector job cuts,” she said.
“Public sector workers make up a significant part of the regional workforce, and cutting deep into this workforce will in turn cut deeply into regional communities.”