We must fight these radical cuts

Posted July 31, 2012 by Alex Scott

Today the government announced another round of job cuts, continuing the biggest attack on jobs and public services in Queensland's history.

At least 2,000 jobs will be cut from the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The pain and turmoil of these radical cuts are made even worse because they have deliberately come during the Olympic Games, when Queenslanders' eyes are focused overseas.

These extremist and unnecessary cuts are a tragedy for all Queenslanders. Hard-working public servants were told months ago by their Premier that they had "nothing to fear" from him.

Now thousands of them are going home to their families without a job, victims of nothing more than a vicious, mean-spirited, anti-public service ideology that is tearing Queensland's communities apart.

Nobody deserves to be treated this way, least of all the people who are planning, building and delivering the infrastructure we so badly need for Queensland's future. But we can't give up hope - we have to keep getting more people involved and continue building our strength in workplaces and in the community, so that we can collectively win the fight for the future of our state.

Already the Queensland Industrial Commission has been notified of a dispute over the Department of Transport and Main Roads' deliberate violation of its obligations to consult with its workforce.

We need to keep fighting and hold this new and inexperienced government to account for its lies and broken promises.

Right now, you can do three things -

  1. Pass this email on to any colleagues you know who aren't yet members of your union, and ask them to join today.
  2. Sign up your friends and family to the Working for Queenslanders campaign.
  3. Tell everyone you know about what is happening and what effect the cuts are having on you and your workplace. The government must be held to account by everyone in the community for this destruction.

Remember that for advice and support you can talk to your local union delegate or call the Together office on 1800 177 244.

As union members, we will continue to fight these cuts and hold the government to account. And if we all stand together to fight them we will win.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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