Tasmania dodges forced redundancies
The Tasmanian Government has announced that there will be no need for a round of forced redundancies in the public sector as a result of what it calls ‘strong budget management’.
Premier Lara Giddings said that the State Government could categorically rule out any forced redundancies for the State’s 27,000 public servants.
"The possibility of forced redundancies was not something that sat comfortably with my core political values but we needed to ensure every tool was available to us if other savings strategies didn't work," Ms Giddings said.
"The 2011-12 Treasurer's Annual Financial Report showed that last financial year we were able to keep total Operating Expenses for the General Government Sector to 1.8 per cent, compared to an average of 8.8 per cent in the six years up to and including 2010-11.
"Agencies and staff across government deserve credit for responding to this challenge, as do public sector unions which have taken a responsible approach in wage negotiations to keep wages growth within 2 per cent.
"By using tools such as Targeted Voluntary Redundancies and the Workforce Renewal Incentive Scheme we have reduced the number of employees under the State Service Act by over 1200FTEs."