THE NSW government is cutting thousands of public service jobs, but has promised none of them will come from regional NSW.
Almost $3.2 billion was cut from the public service sector in the recent budget, which includes around 3300 jobs, or one percent of the public service workforce.
However, Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave an iron-clad guarantee every public sector job in regional NSW would be maintained.
"I assure every community in rural and regional NSW that their government jobs are protected," Ms Berejiklian said.
"We know that three jobs in one town could be worth more than 30 jobs in another. We understand that.
"That is why the government has proudly made the decision to make sure we protect all of our jobs in rural and regional NSW."
Tamworth Public Service Association spokesman Stephen Mears said he was "very, very sceptical" of the Premier's promise.
"Look, if that's the case, it's a fantastic result," Mr Mears said.
"But the devil is always in the detail.
"There are already a number of restructures that are kicking off or going ahead soon.
"Rather than looking at how we can do things better or cheaper, this government's go to for savings is cutting jobs or working conditions."
The NSW government as already been forced to back down from its plan to almost halve the amount of long service leave new teachers, nurses and police officers would get.
The proposal would have seen leave accruals after a decade of service reduced from five months to three months for each subsequent period of 10 years.
The government tried to defend the move, saying it was trying to bring the state's long service leave entitlements in line with the rest of the country.
"The long service leave entitlements in NSW are 66 per cent greater than Victoria," Finance Minister Damien Tudehope said.