Qld IT job losses Labor's fault: govt

Qld IT job losses Labor's fault: govt

Summary: The Queensland Department of Education has let go of 171 IT contractors, blaming the previous government for forcing the minister's hand.

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The Queensland Department of Education has let go of 171 IT contractors, blaming the previous government for forcing the minister's hand.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek's office confirmed to ZDNet Australia this week that the department won't be renewing the contracts of 171 IT staff, due to the need for budget cuts.

"Because of the previous Labor state government's financial mismanagement, Queensland is heading towards an $85 billion debt. Ministers have been asked to go through their departments to identify savings across the state, and that will be an ongoing process," the minister told ZDNet Australia in a statement this week.

Queensland's opposition leader, Anastacia Palaszczuk, slammed Premier Campbell Newman's orders to clear the decks.

"It is incredibly hard to provide for your family, and it is incredibly hard to pay the mortgage, if you do not have a job. Telling people on a Friday afternoon that they are dismissed and should not come to work on Monday is a shameful way to treat employees. This week, the same thing will happen to the IT section in the Education Department — [171] employees are gone, and those people will only find out when they turn up to work," she said in state parliament this week.

Topics: Government, Government AU, IT Employment

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  • Blaming the previous government? How original.
    meski.oz@...
  • I think the originality of that statement in this case relies on the probablility that it's entirely true.
    Pachanga-4184c
  • When I worked for the department last year they were over staffed. I reckon another 200 should go. But I would start with the Executive and Management asap. They wasted all the money and employee way too many.
    apaul-159ef
  • The problem is in the way this has been executed. It isn't a case of trimming the fat, just letting every contractor, temp etc go. Some of them were bound to have had key positions, while heaps of full-time workers would be typical govt employees sucking on the public **** and adding zero value.
    gr1f