Members of Parliament must stand up for public services and jobs for Darling Downs communities.

Posted July 19, 2012 by Alex Scott

The union of public sector workers is calling on MPs for Darling Downs communities at Toowoomba and Goondiwindi to take a stand for the future of their grassroots public services including services at local health facilities, schools and community services.

"Local families living and working at Toowoomba and Goondiwindi are depending on vital publicservices including local Queensland Health facilities, local public schools and local community and child safety services however continuing job cuts are putting those at risk," Together Secretary Alex Scott said today.

"Western Queensland MPs must earn those leather seats at the Queensland Parliament in Brisbane and must demand their local right to make decisions about any cuts to public services on the ground at communities such as Warwick and Toowoomba.

"These same Darling Downs politicians must also guarantee public service staffing levels for local families and communities," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott condemned the government’s decision to close the local Darling Downs Correctional facility.

Mr Mullins said, "The closure of the Darling Downs Correctional facility shall cost hard working local families more than 40 jobs and has a huge flow on effect for our local community.

"I am getting a deluge of daily calls from stressed Darling Downs public sector workers who are very concerned both for their jobs and their families.

"What we are witnessing is the enormous human cost as a result of a high majority government presence here on the Darling Downs," Mr Mullins said.

Together says the government must now guarantee it will not tear apart Darling Downs communities and families by trying to strong arm public sector workers into transferring away from their home towns as part of any regional public services job cutting.  



Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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