Together Union organiser Ron Fossen addresses the crowd gathered last month to protest government job cuts. Now more jobs have been axed.
Together Union organiser Ron Fossen addresses the crowd gathered last month to protest government job cuts. Now more jobs have been axed. Robyne Cuerel

More govt jobs axed by Queensland Health in Maryborough

ANOTHER axe has fallen on public servants in Maryborough, with a further nine job losses announced across two departments.

Queensland Health told the 64 staff at Wide Bay Group Linen Service on Thursday that four jobs would be made redundant.

Australian Workers Union regional secretary Keith Ballin said staff were gutted.

He called for the Newman government to allow voluntary redundancy for linen employees near retirement.

"We're very disappointed," he said.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said five jobs from the linen service would be made redundant, however one was already vacant.

It was announced on Wednesday that Maryborough would also lose a regional development officer, one of five jobs to go from the Maryborough office of the Department of Infrastructure, State Development and Planning.

The cuts also include two client support officers, an administration officer and a senior business and industry development officer.

These roles are among 109 positions already abolished, with a total of 145 redundancies to be made in the department across the state.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told an estimates hearing in parliament on Wednesday that remaining staff would continue with the same workload.

He said all staff who accepted redundancies would finish by the end of the year.

Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Cairns, Ipswich, Gladstone, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast will also lose regional development officers.



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