- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.



Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sacked Railcorp workers are key to improving services – Greens

Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012

Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says Transport
Minister Gladys Berejiklian's latest announcement that 690 Railcorp
workers will lose their jobs in order to provide "better customer
service", is treating public servants with disdain and commuters as
fools.

"This bad news announcement on a Friday afternoon is nothing more than
a huge public transport budget cut, disguised as a feel good
commitment of improving services. Everyone knows that you don't
improve services by sacking workers," said Ms Faehrmann.

"We should always be looking for ways to better allocate resources,
but this is more about privatisation than it is about services and
comes only a few weeks after the Minister denigrated the workforce as
"bludgers".

"The Minister must provide pathways for all workers to remain in the
railways. We can't lose decades of experience and expertise at a time
when public transport is the only way out of the congestion nightmare
that is looming heavy over Sydney's future.

"The maintenance will still have to be done, but now we're going to
see it being done increasingly by private contractors. The government
is just laying the groundwork for further privatisation down the track
– that's pretty transparent," said Ms Faehrmann.

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