Photos | Pensioners rally to protest Centrelink cuts

Pensioners rallied outside the Revesby office of Banks MP, David Coleman last Thursday to protest Centrelink cuts and privatisation.

They were supported by other Centrelink customers and representatives of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

“The Coalition Government has cut a whopping 3,500 jobs from Centrelink, and has been privatising parts to multinationals, including Serco,” CPSU spokesman, Melissa Donnelly said.

“It's having devastating consequences for local pensioners and other Centrelink customers. Pensioners are waiting up to six months for their benefits.

“The pensioners are upset because the cuts are compromising their services. They are finding that it is taking longer for them to get access to services.

“Protesters are asking David Coleman to stand up for local pensioners who are suffering, alongside others who depend on Centrelink.”

Mr Coleman was recently appointed Liberal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, and was formerly Assistant Minister of Finance.

His office was approached for comment.