Together union secretary Alex Scott.
Together union secretary Alex Scott. Sharyn O'Neill

LNP blamed for low business confidence

THE State Government's chipping and chopping of the public service has been blamed for lowering consumer and business confidence.

On Sunday, Together Union launched their second advertisement campaign in protest of the State Government's cost-cutting agenda and its repercussions for public servants.

The advertisement features Premier Campbell Newman's promises and statements relating to the public service including that Queensland has 20,000 more public servants than it can afford.

Together Union secretary Alex Scott said the job shedding had begun to have an impact on consumer and business confidence.

"Consumers are terrified of what is going on and public service workers are worried about their jobs," he said.

"But all workers are worried…and we are seeing that with consumer confidence, which is affecting sales.

"The wider community is also concerned about these cuts and that has been translated into a lack of economic activity in the private sector."

According to Westpac, consumer confidence in Queensland dropped 2.5% between July and August.

Mr Scott said their new advertisement campaign was aimed at forcing the government to govern for all Queenslanders.

"What we want to make sure is the Government starts to govern for all Queenslanders, to deliver an improvement in the state deficit but more importantly protects jobs and services and is consistent with the election mandate that they have and community attitudes," he said.

Mr Scott said 7000 public servants in Queensland had been sacked since the LNP came into power.


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