Together union delegate Stephen McGinley (right) with fire and rescue staff farewelling two colleagues made redundant.
Together union delegate Stephen McGinley (right) with fire and rescue staff farewelling two colleagues made redundant. Robyne Cuerel

Colleagues farewelled

MARYBOROUGH'S Queensland Fire and Rescue Service staff gathered to farewell two staff members who knocked off for the last time yesterday afternoon, victims of the State Government's public service job cuts.

The group was calling the goodbye lunch for their colleagues a "wake" ahead of more anticipated job losses when the state budget is released on September 11.

Together Union delegate Stephen McGinley said the departure of the two men, who have more than 40 years of experience with QFRS between them, should never have happened.

"There will be other's finishing today," he said yesterday afternoon.

IT technician Rod Willis is one of the two men who does not have a job to go to next week.

Mr McGinley, also an IT technician with QFRS Maryborough, said the cuts would put more pressure on maintaining the technology used by fire and rescue frontline staff just as grassfire season was beginning.

"They are spreading the capability of support very, very thin," he said.

He said he was now responsible for five times the amount of equipment than he was when he first started.

Mr McGinley said the union was preparing to increase pressure on Maryborough MP Anne Maddern and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen following their vote to cut job security clauses earlier this month.

He called on both MPs to publicly declare what they were going to do for public servants who were losing their jobs.

"We were quite disappointed she (Mrs Maddern) voted along party lines," Mr McGinley said.

He also called on the Newman government to get job losses over with, rather than waiting for the budget to announce more losses.

"We are in limbo," he said.

He said fire service staff, teachers, nurses and other public servants on the Fraser Coast planned to take protected industrial action from September 12, the day after the budget is set to be handed down.

The government announced earlier this week two jobs in Maryborough would also be cut from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines out of 413 job cuts from across the state.



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