Senator Gary Humphries is putting on a brave face to point out forced redundancies from the public service:
A series of leaked emails received by ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has revealed that the Australian Bureau of Statistics has identified the first 49 employees that will lose their jobs under a new wave of cuts.
“Senator Lundy has continually denied the prospect of forced redundancies to the media, but this evidence is proof positive that forced redundancies are happening under Labor”, Senator Humphries said.
Within the documents, the employees set to lose their jobs are referred to as ‘excess Interviewers’ with those set to face the chop to be ‘notified in the period 25 – 28 February’.
It is understood that the number set to face the sack equals around 10% of the ABS Interviewer workforce.
Senator Humphries says that the Community and Public Sector Union was briefed on these sackings, but has made no public comment on them.
“Why has it taken the ACT’s Liberal Senator to bring this to light, rather than the public sector union?
“Kate Lundy and her Ministerial colleagues have worked away at slashing the budget and making cuts that have ultimately lead to forced redundancies – until now, and despite speculation, they have kept it very quiet.
“With another abysmal Labor budget deep in deficit being cooked up right now and Senate Estimates less than a week away, Labor must come clean on how many more public servants will be forced out of their jobs.
“Serving up the old line of no forced redundancies is finished – now Canberrans deserve the facts”, Senator Humphries concluded.