Angry Qld public servants protest job cuts, MPs pays

IT'S been roughly a year since thousands of dissatisfied public servants flocked to Queensland Parliament to protest against the Newman Government's job and service cuts.

And judging by a similar rally in the same place on Tuesday night, it appears things have not yet changed.

While protestors were generally motivated by the same reason, Tuesday's rally included strong condemnation of a hefty pay rise for Queensland MPs, which was said to be unfair compared to the 2.2% offered to public servants.

More than 1000 people chanted "we will be sacking Campbell Newman in two years" as video messages played before the vocal crowd.

The video included clips from sacked and concerned government workers and a historical, pre-election clip from Premier Newman.

The crowd laughed as Mr Newman spoke of no forced redundancies and union members having the "support unit to get the job done".

Child safety staffer Jo O'Shanesy told the sign-wielding crowd staff reductions would mean slower responses for children.

"Front-line workers, support workers are not being back-filled and they have been sacked," she said.

The space outside Queensland Parliament has become the stomping ground for displeased workers since the LNP's election last year with union and interest groups taking part in countless protests.

Together union president Vivienne Doogan said an "awful lot" had happened since last year's twilight rally.

"We are now stronger then ever and angrier than ever," she said.

Ms Doogan took a swipe at legislation introduced into Parliament only hours prior to deal with a 42% pay rise for MPs.

The increase came after Crown Law revealed a pay freeze on members' wages in 2009 was unlawful.

In the past Queensland MPs' salaries was $500 less than their House of Representatives counterparts.

But the new legislation will sever that link and make way for an independent remuneration tribunal to set MPs salaries.

The tribunal has until October to make a determination on office bearer salaries, which are backdated to July 1.



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