Union to fight oursourcing decision

THE Together Union has vowed to fight the Newman Government to overturn its decision to outsource hundreds of State Reporting jobs in all courthouses across Queensland.

Union spokeswoman Bec Nilon said their worst fears were confirmed with the handing down of the budget, which revealed that the vital roles would be outsourced.

"Everyone who is employed in the State Reporting Bureaus will be made redundant because their positions won't exist anymore," Ms Nilon said.

She said not only does the outsourcing mean the loss of more government jobs in Queensland, but it also could compromise privacy of individuals and the integrity of information collected through the court processes.

"What's to say it won't be accessed by someone else along its distribution," she asked.

She said that currently state reporters were employees of government and were subjected to strict workplace guidelines; she feared an outside firm may not have similar "watertight" processes. She also said that having local residents employed in these roles around Queensland could help with accuracy of recording.

Ms Nilon said the union took the issue to the streets of Brisbane on Tuesday morning, where she said hundreds of people signed a petition against the plan.

She said the Together union would be campaigning to ask the Government to reverse its decision.

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