Govt urges bosses not to dismiss workers, then sacks 133

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Govt urges bosses not to dismiss workers, then sacks 133

The Opposition says the Rudd Government has sacked 133 tax office public servants at the same time as they are appealing to private sector employers to hold off on dismissing workers.

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The Opposition says the Rudd Government has sacked 133 tax office public servants at the same time as they are appealing to private sector employers to hold off on dismissing workers.
 
Andrew Southcott, Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, said the sackings took place in the same week that Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan urged the private sector to retain workers during the economic crisis.
 
Southcott said that according to reports, the ATO was forced to lay off 133 regionally-based employees to meet the Rudd Government’s 3.25% required productivity cuts.
 
Look at what they do
 
‘This is really a matter of don’t look at what they say, but what they do’, Southcott said.
 
‘On Monday, Wayne Swan said in an interview with The Australian: “Even one job lost takes a human toll, with flow-on effects for the family involved and for the wider economy.”’
 
‘Swan urged employers to “hold their nerve and resist sacking staff”.'
 
‘The announcement of 133 job cuts in regional offices of the ATO makes a complete mockery of that plea.’
 
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