Government sheds another 200 jobs

MORE than 200 employees are set to lose their jobs as the Queensland government pares back the operations of GoPrint and closes a QFleet workshop on Brisbane's northside.

Housing and Public Works Minister Bruce Flegg also flagged plans to reduce the vehicle fleet size by 10 per cent, as part of a raft of cuts announced this afternoon.

Government printer GoPrint, which was at the centre of political controversy last week, will end its commercial printing operations to focus solely on "reserved services" for government, such as the printing of proposed legislation and parliamentary records that require a secure work environment.

Dr Flegg said about 40 staff at GoPrint would be offered redundancies, with the 150-year-old government printer set to continue "in a smaller form".

He said GoPrint needed $3.6 million of additional taxpayers' money to prop it up in 2010-11 and its commercial printing operations were "just not sustainable in a competitive environment".

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