Farewell for staff cut at QFRS

QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue staff in Maryborough have farewelled two staff members as they knocked off at the station for the last time, victims of the State Government's public service job cuts.

The group were calling the goodbye lunch for their colleagues a wake as they wait for more anticipated job losses with the state budget release 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.

IT technician Rod Willis Rod Willis was one of the two men who do not have jobs to go to next week.

Mr McGinley, also an IT technician with QFRS, said the cuts would put more pressure on maintaining the technology used by fire and rescue frontline staff just as grass fire 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 Sorenson following their vote to cut job security clauses earlier this month.

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

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