Unions broadly support the ACT Budget’s focus on protecting jobs, delivering services, and growing the economy, said UnionsACT’s Secretary Alex White today.
The ACT has been hit hard by savage public sector sackings, cuts to funding by the Federal Government to schools, hospitals and social services, reduction in GST funding, and the Mr Fluffy disaster.
UnionsACT supports the focus on jobs and services. The additional funding to anti-domestic violence services is especially welcome given the cruel cuts by the Abbott Government’s last two Federal Budgets.
The following quotes can be attributed to Alex White, Secretary of UnionsACT:
“The focus on jobs and services in the ACT Budget is a welcome response to the two years of attacks on Canberra by the Abbott Government.
“UnionsACT applauds the focus by the Treasurer on boosting employment, and investing in hospitals and social services.
“In the current tough economic times you can really tell a lot about a government by how they treat their workers. The protection of jobs and income should be any government’s overwhelming priority.
“It is pleasing to see the ACT Labor Government continue to focus on working people and their communities.
“This Budget is a good step towards undoing the damage that the Abbott Government has wrecked on Canberra.
“Unions recognise that the budget deficit has been largely caused by the Mr Fluffy disaster, and Federal Government funding cuts. Keeping up investment in public sector and social services jobs is crucial for working people in Canberra, and should receive bi-partisan support.”
UnionsACT is the peak body for unions in the Canberra region, representing over 33,000 working people.