An outcome of a Liberal and National Party focus on public asset-stripping and deep job cuts in front-line public services, particularly in the environmental services, is again being highlighted – this time in the restructured Local Land Services (LLS).
The NSW Opposition has called on the government to investigate bullying in the LLS ranks calling it a ‘crisis’ in the regional and rural service.
Labor’s shadow Primary Industries Minister Mick Veitch said a government survey has shown 10 percent of staff reported being bullied and 22 percent reported witnessing bullying.
Government response has been that it’s difficult to act on information from anonymous whistle blowers fearful of retribution from senior management.
The message is that cuts and the restructure of LLS is leaving staff under-resourced and unable to carry out core responsibilities. Late last year several LLS Board Members publicly voiced their concerns over the impact funding cuts and job losses were having on LLS.
Reports say the Coalition’s latest restructure will lead to the loss of a further 60 LLS staff across regional NSW.