David Gibson
David Gibson

Gympie job loss rumours circulate

GYMPIE could be facing more job cuts under Labor as rumours circulate about the closure of the local Department of Public Works, Shared Service Agency.

LNP Member for Gympie David Gibson raised concerns about job cuts in State Parliament this week with a question to the Minister for Public Works, Robert Schwarten after concerns had been raised with his office about the possible job losses.

“Just this week the Minister boasted in the Parliament that ‘I have never sacked anybody in my life’ but clearly this is another Labor lie as jobs are about to be lost from the Gympie office,” Mr Gibson said.

“What with the Main Roads job losses and now these from Public Works, and our hospital staff still not being paid properly – if Labor is the workers’ friend who needs friends like these?”

“The loss of any position in the Gympie Shared Service Agency is a big deal – and the government needs to come clean and not try to hide it. In Gympie we all know how important every job is because we are dealing with real people and real lives. We, as a small town, know how important all of our people are, and we must fight to keep every job we can because who matters most? Our Gympie families.”

Mr Gibson said he hoped he would receive answers to his question and not more of the Minister’s “long-winded-but-short-on-detail excuses that he was famous for in the Parliament”.

“I’m told these positions undertake the payroll and HR duties for the Main Roads and DPI staff in Gympie.

“By wanting to centralise these tasks it appears this Government has learnt nothing from the Queensland Health payroll debacle, as Queensland Health is now moving back to a regional model for payroll because of the problems they have experienced.

“It is clear that under this long-term Labor Government regional public service jobs are at risk.” Comment is being sought from Minister Schwarten’s office.

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