DPI cuts will mean higher costs for farmers: union

UNION bosses have appealed to the NSW National Party's sense of obligation to farmers and rural communities in an effort to bring down the O'Farrell Government's plans to slash 300 jobs from the Department of Primary Industries.

While the bulk of the cuts are expected to be from the Sydney region, the NSW Public Service Association claims the DPI restructure will result in higher costs for farmers, poor service delivery and a decrease in income support.

PSA Secretary Shane O'Brien said NSW National MP's needed to "wake up to themselves and remember the people who voted for them - the same people now losing their jobs and services in regional and rural towns".

Premier Barry O'Farrell told the ABC on Thursday the cuts were about protecting "front line" services, "living within our means (and), ensuring that we have the money because if we don't the money, we can't spend it".



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