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Queensland unions across the state have overwhelmingly supported a "thousand day campaign" to defend Queensland workers and
communities against the Newman LNP government cutbacks.
Delegates from 34 unions across the state, representing some 370,000 workers, passed a series of resolutions at a breakthrough statewide webcast meeting earlier in August.
The resolutions condemned the Newman government for its cuts to the delivery of public and community services for Queenslanders - cuts that have resulted in huge job losses which will detrimentally impact on the Queensland economy.
The LNP government's headline figure of the Queensland economy facing '$100 billion in state debt' is based on exaggerated assumptions and designed to justify job and budget cuts and unfair changes to workplace laws.
RN and QNU Councillor Karen Shepherd spoke at the meeting.
"The Newman government may claim there will be no frontline positions lost, but the reality is this will result in nurses and midwives spending less time on direct clinical care," she said.
"The effects of mass sackings and cuts in the public sector are felt way down the line - it's a ripple effect."
Where is the 'honesty in government' we were promised?
Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams condemned the government for not being honest with voters prior to the state election.
"Before the election Campbell Newman promised to 'govern for all Queenslanders' but when he rejected the National Disability Insurance Scheme, he was certainly not governing for Queenslanders with disabilities," Mr Battams said.
"He promised 'honesty in government' before the election but just yesterday he tore up industrial agreements he said he wouldn't touch.
"And before the election he told public sector workers that they had nothing to fear from him. After 7000 job cuts and 13,000 more to come across the state, there has never been more fear and uncertainty among Queensland public sector workers."
Community groups have also expressed concern at the wide ranging cuts to social programs, including the closure of Queensland's only tuberculosis control centre, stonewalling on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and changes to the BreastScreen Queensland program for early detection of breast cancer.
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