Community service jobs for the chop

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell Cameron Spencer - Getty Images

UNIONS have slammed the NSW State Government's decision to cut more than 1000 community service jobs in the next four years.

The planned cuts were revealed in a series of memos leaked to the media on Thursday morning.

NSW Public Service Association Assistant Secretary Steve Turner said the loss of community services staff would place vulnerable children at risk and jeopardise the safety of families around the state.

He said a seven-month freeze on filling case-worker positions had already stretched the child protection system to breaking point.

"The wholesale cut of Department of Families and Community Services staff is a major betrayal by the O'Farrell Government and (Community Services) Minister Pru Goward," Mr Turner said.

"It's clear the Government doesn't care about our most vulnerable children and their families, regarding their proper care as just another number to be slashed on the budget sheet."

Before NSW Parliament adjourned for the winter break, Ms Goward repeatedly defended the State Government's overhaul of community services and public housing.

She claimed the deficit left behind by the previous Labor Government had forced her to make tough decisions and the alternative would have been force the thousands of families on the public housing list to wait another four years.

About 200 NSW community service workers have reportedly been made redundant in the past year

Topics:  community services nsw government

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