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Frontline services will be hit in NSW Budget: #AusUnions

Frontline services will be hit: unions.

Unions are warning that frontline services across the state are at risk after NSW Treasurer Mike Baird announced further cuts to the public service, despite already axing thousands of jobs and shrinking departmental budgets.

Delivering his third budget on Tuesday, Mr Baird detailed a two-year extension of a 1 per cent ”efficiency dividend” to help fund the state’s $1.7 billion contribution to the Gonski education reforms.

It follows the decision to cut 5000 public servants in the 2011 budget and last year’s announcement of a labour expense cap to slash the equivalent of 10,000 jobs.

 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/data-point/frontline-services-will-be-hit-unions-20130618-2ogv6.html#ixzz2WbgCCyws

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About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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