Mum-to-be loses as contracts cut
PREGNANT first-time mother Kayla Neylon has been left shattered after losing her job as the state government culls public sector jobs.
More than 20 of her colleagues at the Department of Communities stepped out yesterday in support of a heavily pregnant Ms Neylon who has become the victim of the LNP's new management strategy which was implemented in the days after the election to control skyrocketing public service costs.
Ms Neylon, who is seven months pregnant, was only four weeks away from going on maternity leave when she was told her full-time contract would not be renewed.
Department of Communities team leader Scott Parrington said the treatment of his colleague was a prime example of the policy being taken too far by bureaucrats.
"Kayla has been working with us in the Toowoomba office for two years in an essential role supporting front line staff," Mr Parrington said.
"She was recently told that her job no longer existed.
"She is seven months pregnant and the impact of this policy on her has been dramatic, to say the least.
"She was only four weeks away from going on maternity leave when her job was cut as a direct result of this new government strategy," he said.
Mr Parrington said the quality of service the department was expected to provide to some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Toowoomba would suffer if more cuts were made.
"In a regional sense every worker is front line," Mr Parrington said.
"We do not have the opportunity to sit in an ivory tower when it comes to delivering important and critical services.
"The quality of service we are expected to deliver to our clients will be severely impacted," he said.
Mr Parrington confirmed that some front line and support staff jobs had already been cut.
"There are workers who have already been told that their contracts will not be renewed," Mr Parrington said.
"It just does not make any sense.
"There are certainly some other areas where the fat can be trimmed," he said.
Lead organiser for Together (formerly the Queensland Public Sector Union) Dennis Mullins said Ms Neylon's case was just the tip of the iceberg.
"Departmental bosses are choosing to apply this policy with a sledgehammer and that will mean fewer services for the people of Toowoomba," Mr Mullins said.
"Without the essential support staff the whole system falls over, putting our most vulnerable at risk.
"Ms Neylon will not be lonely in the dole queue. She will be joined by several hundred other essential support workers, and that is just in Toowoomba," he said.
A spokesman for the Minister of Communities, Tracy Davis said the Newman Government was committed to providing a public service which operated efficiently and met the needs of Queenslanders across the state.
"Where non-essential vacant positions are identified, then temporary contracts for those positions won't be renewed," he said.