Govt seeks right to sack public servants

The state government will introduce involuntary severance as part of sweeping reforms recommended by the Economic Audit Committee to improve operational and financial performance within the public sector.


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FINALLY! The government is taking some action on this! There are so many public servants out there doing absolutely nothing in their jobs and are so comfortable with their jobs they simply disappear for the entire day to the cinemas or local shopping centres never to return until the next day! The govenment is just another business out to make a profit. Time to cut the fat.

I congratulate the Barnett's government to start making the public service organisations more accountable & efficient. It is high time that someone needs to wake these "sleepy organisation" which we tax payers fund. I agreed that you should reduce over-staffed depts - cost too much. And there should be performance-based criteria like all "normal workers" in private firms have to answer to. Good on both of you, Mr Buswell & Mr Barnett!!!! show the other states how you do them!!!!

It is high time that the WA Public Service was bought into line with the rest of the business community. While it is easy to focus on the negative aspect of "moving people on", my understanding is that this is also about rewarding and recognising those that work hard, not just focusing on the smaller minority that shelter behind the protection of their permanent employment status. For those in the public service that make the effort to go the extra mile, this reform should be welcomed, as it should in all businesses. Similar to how outstanding teachers are now recognised each year, I would welcome an Award being given each year to outstanding public servants, who put in their utmost to serve us. We are all in this together, so we all need to lift our game each day!

Re the comments below about this being a good development. I disagree. It is ok to comment on such an issue when it does not affect you. But like myself who works for the govt, this will effect the livelihoods of decent hard working people, people with familes. I think there are positives that will come from this legislation but I also think that this could be abused and taken advantage of. Also how will the govt expect to retain and attract people if all the good entitlements are gone, do you think that the people in govt will get bigger payrises than the private sector, i think not. Take less pay rises, decreased entiltements and no permenancy from public sector jobs, do you think people will want to stay/come in govt jobs.

I hope Tyson Cable writes and tells me how I can get one of these public service jobs where I can go to the cinemas or local shopping centres and never return until the next day. I've worked for a couple of government agencies and I've had the luck to find a position that Tyson is talking about.

While this article generalises, there is absolutely no question there are far too many PS's who are absolutely milking the system, Oxygen Bandits of a high order. They should be performance managed out and not see a cent in redundancy. Why would taxpayers send them on their way with a fistful of dollars, a reward for having been pointless-bludgers, in fact having thieved from the public purse for the last 5-10 years whatever... The PS has lumbered along with little or no management under Gallop-Carpenter, congrats Colin and Troy for the line in the sand. The bigger issues are the people at the top earning hundreds of thousands of dollars who would not last 3 months in private enterprise! Overpaid underperformers, their managements skills are obviously dreadful. Could not believe when Carpenter started paying them more in 2007 so they would not get headhunted, Alan you had no idea!!!!!!

What a fantastic initiative! I'm sure there are many people who work hard in the public service, take pride in their work and are accountable for their actions. However I have heard of, or been served by (!), some who really don't care and because there's been no incentive to try harder they continue to provide poor service or work inefficiently. I think this is a great step forward for Western Australia. Let's hope the federal government and other states follow suit.

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