Palino’s grand plans will see Aucklanders suffer

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The Public Service Association is urging Aucklanders not to let their mayoralty election become a race to the bottom - as another candidate pledges to cut costs and jobs.

John Palino’s election manifesto promises to cut rates by 10 per cent - and a "sinking lid" on staff numbers at the council.

Mr Palino claims these savings will amount to around $150 million a year, and will be paid for through "efficiencies" without cuts to services.

The PSA’s National Secretary Glenn Barclay says Mr Palino’s promises don’t add up.

"Auckland is our biggest city and it’s growing all the time.

"We cannot see how Mr Palino can deliver these so-called efficiencies without the quality of services deteriorating substantially.

"He’s the second mayoral candidate to promise cuts, and the PSA’s concerned this election will leave Aucklanders with a poorer quality of life."

Mr Palino’s "sinking lid" policy on staffing would see departing staff not being replaced, and Mr Barclay warns this policy will take a toll.

"In his manifesto, Mr Palino says Auckland is a fantastic place to live, and he wants the council to provide superb services.

"This simply can’t be done without excellent staff both delivering at the front line and offering support in the back office.

"Our members are always looking for efficiencies in their work.

"Headline-grabbing promises of cuts and savings are not what Auckland needs - and we look forward to hearing from candidates who will support the work our members do."