Council plans to retire now
ONE hundred and forty staff working from the Mossman office of the Cairns Regional Council could be having a very merry Christmas if they accept a redundancy package.
Late yesterday afternoon, the council offered all of its 1440 staff who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a redundancy package as part of the Your Career, Your Choice Voluntary Redundancy Program.
Similar to all businesses, council has to adapt to the changed economic conditions that we face, CEO Lyn Russell said.
Council has allowed and costed for 50 people, or 3.5 per cent of its workforce, to accept the redundancy packages.
“Council is accountable to ratepayers and we need to be financially responsible at all times,” Ms Russell said.
“By introducing the voluntary redundancy program we will be able to contain operating expenses, including wage costs and maintain realistic staffing levels as our depressed local economy recovers.
“The offer is entirely voluntary and no employee will be forced to apply for, nor accept, a voluntary redundancy package.
In deciding who will be offered a voluntary redundancy package, consideration will be given to the impact on council’s overall structure, delivery of service and customer service.
Some positions within the organisation have been affected by changes in technology or reduced work volumes due to economic downturn, Ms Russell said.
All staff were advised of the plan yesterday. Council has also sent information to the various unions involved. continue discussions with unions later this week. Only staff who are full-time and who have been employed at Cairns Regional Council for at least 12 months as at December 13 will be eligible.
“The voluntary redundancy programs will offer a potential opportunity for some council officers and we are providing interested staff with access to information and support so they can assess if this program suits,” Ms Russell said.