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'The Premier’s living in la la land': union

Mr Newman said he hoped recent signs of economic recovery would help those jobless.
Mr Newman said he hoped recent signs of economic recovery would help those jobless. Kari Bourne

HALF of the public servants targeted for redundancies have gone - with another 7000-plus in line to go next year.

Following September's Budget outlining 14,000 public sector full time positions to be culled, Premier Campbell Newman confirmed on Tuesday his government had met the half way point.

Mr Newman said he hoped recent signs of economic recovery would help those jobless.

"We hope they get new jobs," he told ABC Radio.

Mr Newman said people got payouts based on years of service.

"They are quite generous. People that have served for periods of time get very significant payouts," he said.

"That is cold comfort if you have lost your job, I acknowledge that, but they are generous and they are designed to be generous so people can get a new position."

Public Service Commission figures showed 6247 Queensland public sector employees had been offered voluntary redundancies as of November 30.

More than 84% had accepted redundancies while another 732 were still weighing up their offers.

A Public Service Commission spokeswoman said 4.2% of employees offered voluntary redundancy had declined the offer and of those, 134 had found other permanent public service jobs.

Together acting secretary Julie Bignell said the transfer of 134 public servants to other government positions was really "quite dismal".

"Obviously, this time of year we have a lot of people graduating from university, we've got a lot of school-leavers coming into the economy in the next few months so people very rightfully are going to be concerned about their job prospects," she said.

"The Premier's living in la la land if he thinks public servants whose jobs have been axed are going to be spending up on Christmas, it's going to be a miserable Christmas for these people."

Topics:  campbell newman, public sector job cuts, together




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