Public servants rally in Brisbane

1.40pm: The head of Together Union has warned Queensland workers to brace for further public service cuts.

"(Campbell Newman) would have us believe that this is the end of the cuts you and I both know that is not the truth," Vivienne Doogan told a public service rally today.

Ms Doogan said public servants did not know how they were going to pay their bills in a couple a months.

A crowd of thousands have crammed into the space infront of Parliament House yelling "Campbell Newman out".

Union officials have told the crowd huge rallies across Queensland, including in Mackay and Cairns, are also taking place.

Ms Doogan said the workers were not numbers on a spreadsheet for "Tim Nicholls and his Budget".

She urged everyone to stand up and say enough is enough.

 

1.20pm: Thousands of workers have filled the Brisbane CBD and closed streets in protest of the state governments job cuts.

The crowd chanted "Campbell Newman has got to go" and "workers united will never be defeated" as it marched from the Treasury Casino to Parliament House.

Alice Street has been closed as the crowd spills out onto the street.

Union leaders are addressing the crowd, including Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams.

Mr Battams said public servants at the rally has received emails warning them to be back at work on time.

He said workers received emails yesterday telling them they had lost their jobs.

"It's a disgrace," he said.

"The union would not support at this economic time sacking 14,000."

 

11.45am: THOUSANDS of public servants and their supporters will swarm the streets of Brisbane today in what is forecasted to be one of the biggest rally's Queensland has seen.

The large-scale protest against the Newman Government's job cuts comes a day after the release of the budget, which outlined 14,000 job cuts in the public sector.

The LNP Government initially put the job loss figure at 20,000 but managed to salvage 6000 jobs.The main rally will kick off in Queens Park just after midday before the crowd marches to Parliament House.

Regional rallies will also take place around the state.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said the state-wide rallies were a reaction to the Government's policies of "indiscriminate slashing and burning".

"Now Mr Newman needs to be honest with Queenslanders about his plans to privatise and contract out public sector services. How many jobs will be lost interstate and overseas?" he said.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced last Friday that 2754 positions would be axed from Queensland Health, including 1500 from regional health and hospital board areas.

In a further blow to regional communities, it was revealed in Tuesday's Budget more than 1000 jobs would be lost when the Government's maintenance and construction arm, QBuild, and building consultant business, Project Services, merge.

Public Works and Housing Minister Bruce Flegg said most of the cuts would come from offices in the south east corner of the State but some, about 87, would go from regional offices.

The State Government has allocated $800 million in the budget to paying out staff redundancies.

More to come...



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