PSA moves to protect Valley jobs

A PLAN by the Iemma Government to slash 5000 public service jobs has sparked fears that Clarence Valley public sector positions will be axed.

The Public Service Association (PSA) sent a representative to Grafton on Monday to identify public sector jobs which needed protection.

PSA assistant general secretary Shane O'Brien met with workers at the Agricultural Station on Trenayr Road.

"We've seen a lot of people who are really concerned as the first place the government looks to save money is through cuts to the public sector. What we are most concerned about are frontline jobs," Mr O'Brien said. "What is happening is the administration staff are the first to go leaving the frontline workers stuck in the office doing paper work."

Mr O'Brien was collecting information for an audit under the PSA's new Public Interest Campaign.

Specifically, he is looking at the Department of Primary Industry (DPI), which he estimates has already lost 10 per cent of its workforce in NSW over the last 18 months.

As part of the campaign, the PSA will conduct a series of regional impact statements to chart the decline in service delivery to the bush and convene town hall meetings in regional centres in the lead-up to the next state election. The State Opposition has also said it would cut 29,000 public service jobs if elected next March.

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