AREA delegates for the key public sector union will meet in Tamworth today to discuss the impacts of state government job cuts.
The meeting with the general secretary of the Public Service Association, Anne Gardiner, will see up to 20 key delegates from the PSA put their heads together to come up with a localised plan as part of a statewide initiative to counter continuing cuts to public sector jobs.
The PSA represents 40,000 members from police, corrective services, schools and disability support, park rangers, child protection and IT and human resources staff across state departments.
PSA regional organiser Steve Mears said discussions would centre on formulating an action plan in the wake of wide ranging cuts to budgets in a number of government departments and agencies.
Mr Mears said this included fears over the rationalisation of rural and regional agencies and programs into the proposed new Local Land Services (LLS).
He said the PSA was concerned about the lack of consultation over the LLS model, and which was “pretty much a roadshow rather than a consultative process".
Mr Mears said there were also fears about cuts to the primary industries department and the danger that posed for biosecurity in regional areas.
Today’s meeting with the PSA head is at 11.30am at Wests’ Diggers in Tamworth.