NSW Labor pledges to save IT jobs

More than 5700 jobs saved under NSW Labor government, Keneally claims

The NSW Labor party has pledged to protect more than 5700 jobs in the IT industry if re-elected.

In an announcement made two days before NSW voters head to the polls, NSW Premier Kristina Keneally guaranteed to keep 5729 jobs related to information technology within government, and put pressure on the Liberal party rumoured to axe jobs should they be voted in on Saturday.

However, Keneally only committed to delivering 20 new IT jobs if re-elected, with new fraud squad police to be added for investigation of cyber attacks and alleged identity theft in the state. The new police will be funded as part of a previous, $60 million commitment to deliver 360 new officers to the state force in total.

“NSW Labor knows we need a skilled ICT workforce to deliver safe online services for NSW businesses and families,” Keneally said in a statement.

Rumours have circulated for the past month that some of the core advisers to Barry O’Farrell may consider outsourcing thousands of jobs, should the Liberal party be elected on Saturday. However, O’Farrell should the claims were “rubbish”.

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