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Cutting Public Services Will Not Boost The Economy

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Cutting Public Services Will Not Boost The Economy

The Public Service Association says cutting public services will not help boost the economy.

The Dominion Post reports today that public service chief executives face renewed pressure to cut spending as Treasury warns that the economy will stall this year and unemployment will reach 7 per cent.

"Cutting public services workers and the services they provide will not boost the economy," says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

"It will have the reverse affect and make the recession worse by increasing the number of people who are out of work and not contributing to the economy."

"This is going to be a tough year and people will be turning more and more to their public services.

"We need to ensure we maintain our public services so that people who do lose their jobs are able to get the support they need to feed their families and to try and get back into the workforce."

"It's vital we maintain the human infrastructure that public service workers provide because the country relies on this as much as on our roads and the other physical infrastructure," says Brenda Pilott.

She says public service workers are well aware of the economic downturn and are committed to providing value for money for the work they do.

"Public service workers want to work with the government to help New Zealand ride out this economic storm," says Brenda Pilott.

"The public service has a key role to play if we are going to embark on a programme of infrastructure building to boost the economy."

"Reducing the impact of the global economic crisis is not a question of the private sector versus the public sector. Every job loss has a personal and a public cost."

"We're all in this together and public services are needed now more than ever. As a first line of defence and to help the country build the foundation for a better future," says Brenda Pilott.

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