LNP denies blacklisting ex-staff
FORMER Bligh Government ministerial staffers have accused the LNP of blacklisting them, forcing ousted workers to struggle as they hunted for new jobs.
A number of staff from inside the ministries contacted APN about the behaviour, saying the LNP had warned firms across Brisbane to "expect no favours" if they hired those left unemployed with the change of government.
The LNP swiftly denied the allegations, describing them as "completely ridiculous", adding that any former staffer would be considered for re-employment but would have to go through the usual hiring process.
Those working inside state ministerial offices lose their jobs when there is a change of government.
They include media staff, events organisers, administration workers and office managers.
It is understood hundreds were swept from office when Labor was annihilated on March 24.
One former Bligh staffer - who declined to be named - found work in the private sector almost immediately after the election.
He said a colleague had an offer revoked by a top-tier Eagle St firm in the days before the ballot.
When challenged, the staffer was told management had been warned not to go on a "hiring spree" of former George St workers or risk the ire of the LNP.
"People thought it was a once-off with particular parts of the business community," the former staffer said.
"But it's not just industries that have close relationships with the government, this is across the board.
"I have been told by those within companies hiring that they have had suggestions from high level LNP staff to avoid hiring these former staffers if they know what's good for them."
He said most of these staff "were not Labor hacks" tied to a cause, but often professionals who had worked outside of government in media or corporations before taking on a ministerial role.
"Disqualifying them because of their association with the former government is just atrocious," he said.
The LNP is currently restructuring a number of government departments, so it was unclear how many ministerial staff it would now hire.
A spokesperson said the LNP would gain better control of "non-front line staff" to better boost funding for police, doctors, nurses and teachers but would not force redundancies on staff.