Unions accuse government of cutting jobs on the sly

JOB security remains a major worry for Queensland's public servants as unions accuse the government of quietly thinning ranks now that the dust has settled from its earlier cuts.

Together union warned that the government had again cut workers from a number of departments including Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Queensland Health, Queensland Police Serviceand the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs.

Together President Vivienne Doogan said job cuts were "still happening" in the public sector.

"The grief is not over by a long shot," she said.

"The employer is still slashing people's jobs, this time by stealth."

Three of the departments disputed they were secretly sacking workers.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey's office confirmed 332 roles had gone in the past 12 months, of which 190 were vacancies.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh's office would not discuss the number of workers lost from the department.

Each office said all cuts were foreshadowed in the 2012-13 budget.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's spokesman said 2000 jobs were chopped from Queensland Health.

A spokesman said these were announced after the Commonwealth changed funding arrangements in November last year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes did not respond before deadline.

Together secretary Alex Scott said there was support available for any union member stung by the loss of a job.

He said for any worker to lose their job was a "tragedy" for their family, community and friends.

The Queensland Government has so far cut at least 14,000 jobs since coming to power in early 2012, as it sought to cut government costs.



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