Thirty-five jobs will be slashed from the Office of State Revenue in Maitland in a move that has outraged Labor and the union.
Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison and the Public Service Association of NSW’s Stewart Little both described the job slash as “disgraceful”.
“It’s shameful … the government is once again displaying its lack of concern for preserving and creating jobs in regional areas,” Ms Aitchison said.
She said she’d voiced her concerns to Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, who broke the news of the cuts to her on Wednesday.
Last year it was announced that 40 revenue office jobs would be shifted from Maitland to the Central Coast, with the move to be completed at the end of 2018.
In the same year the government backflipped on a plan to relocate 50 jobs from Maitland and Lithgow to the Central Coast, following pressure from Labor and a public petition.
We’re not ruling anything out at this point, including industrial actionPSA general secretary Stewart Little
PSA general secretary Stewart Little said he was “disgusted at what has transpired,” and said there had been no consultation yet with the union.
“We’re not ruling anything out at this point, including industrial action,” he said.
In a short statement, a Revenue NSW spokesperson said the Maitland Collections Centre was being restructured to improve its service delivery.
“As a result 35 positions from the service unit would no longer be required,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said an additional four higher-graded ‘customer experience specialist roles’ would be created, while Revenue NSW would provide comprehensive support services to all employees impacted.