O’Farrell must step in to save Western Sydney jobs.

The Finance Sector Union and Unions NSW have expressed outrage at QBE’s decision to offshore the processing of workers compensation claims from Parramatta to Manila, in the Philippines, calling on Premier Barry O’Farrell to intervene and pressure QBE to keep the jobs in Western Sydney.

Hidden in the detail of QBE’s plan to send 700 jobs to Manila is news that 46 of the positions are workers compensation claims officers.
The positions are effectively paid for through the State Government (WorkCover).

Geoff Derrick, National Assistant Secretary of the Finance Sector Union said:
“We are now in the ludicrous situation where clerks in Manila will be leafing through medical records to determine if an Australian worker is sick. This is the same greedy, shortsighted thinking that landed us in the Global Financial Crisis.

“QBE needs to get over its addiction to cost cutting and think about the long term sustainability of its Australian business.”
Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, said the Premier had a chance to come good on his claim to have Western Sydney’s interests at heart.

“Barry O’Farrell needs to pick up the phone to John Neal at QBE immediately and explain to him that sending these critically important jobs offshore is simply not on.

“The insurance industry has already had a huge free kick through the cuts to workers compensation entitlements and it’s time the Government pressured them to promote Australian jobs, through every tool at its disposal.”

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