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North Queensland public sector workers have stepped up pressure to rule out privatising Medicare and Centrelink services

North Queensland public sector workers have stepped up pressure on the federal government to rule out privatising Medicare and Centrelink services. “Community and Public Sector Union Queensland assistant regional secretary Amy Smith said the use of labour hire and potential privatisation of the service industry would negatively impact the North. ‘Centrelink services in North Queensland are under pressure because the Government has put profits before people by selling out jobs and millions of dollars to Serco, Stellar, Concentrix, Datacom and other labour hire companies,’ she said. ‘The money that’s being handed to corporations through privatisation should be spent providing quality, permanent jobs in North Queensland.’” The union has launched a “Proud to be Public” campaign.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Hands off our public services!

Sabrin Farooqui, a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) delegate, says “Centrelink needs more permanent staff! Privatization and Serco aren’t the answers.Sabrin Farooqui, a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) delegate, says “Centrelink needs more permanent staff! Privatization and Serco aren’t the answers.” Melissa Donnelly (@DonnellyMel), the deputy secretary of CPSU, shares news of community protest against the government’s cuts and privatization of Centrelink services. They are sending a message to Craig Laundy, Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation: “hands off our public services.”

Outsourcing NDIS contact centres to Serco 'an accident waiting to happen'

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) National Secretary Nadine Flood has denounced the government’s decision to hire 1,000 more Centrelink workers from the private sector instead of restoring some of the 5,000 public sector jobs it’s slashed. “Instead the government is continuing to sell the agency off piece by piece,” Flood said, “lining the pockets of their corporate mates like Serco rather than putting that money into wages and secure jobs for call center workers.” Opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten says “We don’t need privatization of key Human Services, we need reinvestment in Human Services.”

Source: the Guardian