Treasurer puts union bosses before Queenslanders

Employees are already having their personal details handed over to union bosses as the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government pressures senior public servants to roll out its Union Encouragement Policy. 

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said Labor was using senior managers across numerous Government Departments, already in fear of their jobs, to push the policy onto employees, giving them no option to opt-out.

“Already we have seen these directives from the Department of Education, Queensland Ambulance service and ironically, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General,” Mr Springborg said.

“Public servants deserve to have a choice about how their personal details are being used.

“At the moment it appears the privacy of public servants is taking a back seat to Labor’s obligation to help union bosses collect more union dues.”

Mr Springborg said even more concerning was the Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s refusal to answer a question in Parliament today on how many people have had their private details sent since the policy was introduced.

“Mr Pitt either doesn’t know the answer or doesn’t care and this raises serious questions about who is actually in charge, Labor or the union bosses.”

Mr Springborg said it was disappointing Labor had such little regard for the privacy of government employees.

“Queenslanders didn’t vote for a government that is so indebted to union bosses it puts employees privacy at risk,” he said.

“The independence of the public service is under threat and it is time Mr Pitt starts standing up for Queenslanders and protecting their privacy rights instead of pandering to his union mates.”  

 

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