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WA Premier Colin Barnett says there will be no mass sackings under planned public sector reforms

The Premier Colin Barnett says mass sackings would not be possible under proposed public sector reforms.
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The WA Premier Colin Barnett says it would be impossible for the government to order mass sackings under its planned public sector reforms.

Earlier this year, the Government announced it would introduce legislation to overhaul the public sector, saying it was a way to save money in a tough economic environment.

Unions have claimed the legislation will open the door to mass sackings, but Mr Barnett says there will be provisions in place to ensure that does not happen.

“That’s impossible under the legislation,” he said.

“It’s only for people who no longer have a job, or a job can’t be found for them, or they’re just simply not suitable.

“It’s a small proportion of the work force, and every other state and the Commonwealth has involuntary redundancy provisions.”

The Treasurer Troy Buswell says he makes no apologies for the laws, saying the current system is flawed.

“It is North Korean in its approach, and the reasons unions have to hide behind scare mongering is because they literally don’t have a leg to stand on,” he said.

The laws are expected to come before Parliament this week.

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