LABOR RELOCATES LISMORE JOBS TO SYDNEY

LABOR RELOCATES LISMORE JOBS TO SYDNEY

LABOR RELOCATES LISMORE JOBS TO SYDNEY

19 October 2004

The Nationals' Member for Lismore Thomas George today demanded answers in Parliament from Premier Bob Carr regarding Labor's decision to cut jobs from Lismore.

Mr George said he was furious the Carr Labor Government intended to relocate Businesslink's payroll functions from Lismore to Liverpool in Western Sydney.

"Labor's centralisation of jobs will come at a huge cost to the local community," Mr George siad.

"Lismore will suffer from a loss of wages, while taxpayers across the State will foot the bill for big increases in Businesslink's Sydney rent," he said.

Mr George said the Lismore Payroll Service Centre employed 19 people and managed the payroll for the Disabilities section of the Department of Ageing, Disabilities and Home Care for the whole of regional NSW.

"I have only ever heard praise for the good work of Businesslink staff in Lismore, who have combined experience of over 200 years," Mr George said.

Mr George said Lismore Businesslink had developed a proposal demonstrating the feasibility of the payroll service in Lismore.

"The Lismore employees have shown great initiative in the fight to retain their jobs.

"I urge the Premier to reverse the Government's decision to close the Lismore payroll office," Mr George said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577