13 Mar 2012

Govt forging ahead with state sector restructuring

12:30 pm on 13 March 2012

The Government is forging ahead with more state sector restructuring even as it faces a backlash from public servants.

Prime Minister John Key is expected to give a substantive speech on changes to the sector this week.

It comes as senior diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have spoken out publicly against plans to cut about 300 jobs.

Last week, the Defence Force acknowledged that cuts there have hurt morale.

Radio New Zealand's political editor says it is not clear whether Mr Key will address those worries in his speech, nor is it clear whether he plans to merge any government agencies.

Mr Key has consistently said the Government's approach has been to make changes bit by bit.