blog Queensland’s new LNP Premier Campbell Newman has started wielding the axe in the state’s public service, according to a report by the Courier Mail newspaper published yesterday — and information technology staff are some of the first in line. The newspaper reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The Sunday Mail has been told 180 temporary IT staff in the Department of Education – whose contracts end on June 30 – will be told tomorrow they are not needed after some had long-term contracts with the Government for years.”
If union officials are to be believed, up to 40,000 temporary contract workers in the state could lose their jobs. Of course, this isn’t something that is unexpected, given the LNP’s vow to clean up after years of Labor waste, and if the experience within Canberra’s public sector following the delivery of the Gershon report several years ago, many of those contractors will eventually be hired again eventually as it becomes clear that departments actually needed them to get the job done. Ah, the life of a government IT contractor: The going gets rough around elections.