‘To do’ list and public sector cuts don’t add upPublish By Richard C. Huggins Updated 25/06/2012 12:18 pm in NZ News / no comments
PSA MEDIA RELEASE
25th June 2012 – For Immediate Use
The Public Service Association is asking how the Prime Minister intends to deliver on his public service ‘to-do’ list while continuing his slash and burn approach to the public sector.
The government has released more detail on its ten specific targets for the delivery of public services.
The PSA says some of the targets are very ambitious and even John Key says they will be extremely difficult to achieve.
“It’s interesting to hear John Key talk about setting ambitious targets for the public service while at the same time his government is taking millions of dollars out the public sector and forcing government departments to do more and more with less and less, ” says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.
“Already we’ve seen 2500 public sector jobs lost and a reduction of services to the public as a result. That situation will only worsen as $1 billion dollars will be slashed from departmental budgets this year.”
“It must be very hard for public sector organisations to be expected to meet these government targets when they are already dealing with hugely reduced budgets, forced restructurings and fewer resources.”
Brenda Pilott says “the Prime Minister needs to think carefully about how he can rationalise his ambitious ‘to do’ list and deliver better public services with on-going cuts to the public sector which are stripping it of much-needed capacity, capability and value.”