The Canberra Times has a bit on the strange doings at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations yesterday when IT contractors were given the chop their high contracting salaries compensate for, only to then be offered the same sort of relocation a full time public servant gets:
But the department’s secretary, Lisa Paul, has taken the rare step of publicly apologising to the 51 contractors.
It is understood she was furious at how her department had treated the workers, and was unaware of their situation until Wednesday.
”I apologise for the way this has been handled,” Ms Paul said.
”The department will now contact all of the IT contractors concerned to discuss their individual circumstances and where appropriate, offer them re-employment.
”I am committed to ensuring the department looks after its valued staff as we continue to work through budget reductions.”
No point not switching to contract now!