Sometimes, the forest is hard to see when you get confused by the trees. And speaking of forests and trees: with the slashing of 120 Rural Fire Service jobs, the public sector has now taken a hit of more than 1200 regional workers—people who won’t have a decent paycheck or benefits or security.
The NSW Government’s agenda of quick and deep public sector job cuts is tearing apart the fabric of our regional communities.Not even vital regional services like the Rural Fire Services, Office of Water and Crown Lands can escape the budget razor.
And here is something worth taking a peek at. The drip, drip, drip of job cuts imposed by Barry O’Farrell is, perhaps intentionally, not being rolled out at once. Rather, it’s a cut here, a cut there—not big enough for the public to see the big picture. And if you look even further down the list, you can see what still is yet to come: thousands more jobs on the chopping block.
|Region||Department or Service||Number of job losses announced|
|Gosford||Workcover and NSW Industrial Relations office||101*[100 Workcover jobs
re-located from regional NSW to Sydney]
|Newcastle||NSW Industrial Relations office||6|
|Illawarra, Wollongong||NSW Industrial Relations office||7|
|Illawarra||Illawarra TAFE||Up to 250|
|Coffs Harbour||NSW Industrial Relations office||3|
|Orange||NSW Industrial Relations office||1|
|Wagga||NSW Industrial Relations office||2|
|67 [17 March, 50 June] Office of Water; 175 Crown Lands and up to 350 Office of Environment and Heritage; 26 Forests NSW||618|
Projected public sector job losses in regional NSW over the next four years [location unspecified]
Source: confidential Treasury documents covered in media reports
|Region||Department or Service||Number of jobs|
|Roads and Maritime Services||Up to 400 total|
|Education||Up to 2400|
|Dept of Family and Community Services||900|
|Jails and corrective services||881|
|Centre for Road Safety||400|
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