New work deal not a worry: DSC

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

NEW In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Laws have kicked in for lo­cal gov­ern­ment work­ers in Queens­land, and Dou­glas Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Cardew said it was too soon to know how they would af­fect the DSC.

Sec­tions of the re­forms which were in­tro­duced by the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment were ob­jected to by the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land (LGAQ) as po­ten­tially lead­ing to job losses, some­thing Ms Cardew said would not hap­pen in Dou­glas.

“Since de-amal­ga­ma­tion on 1 Jan­uary 2014 Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil has in­creased its staffing num­bers, not re­duced them, so that ac­cept­able lev­els of ser­vice is de­liv­ered to the Dou­glas com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ms Cardew.

She would not com­ment on whether the coun­cil was happy with the re­forms, say­ing that it was too early to tell as they kicked in on March 1.

The re­forms also in­cluded new en­ti­tle­ments for em­ploy­ees who are vic­tims of, or who care for vic­tims of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Ms Cardew said that as law DSC would com­ply with the new ad­di­tion of DV en­ti­tle­ments, and that “coun­cil con­sid­ers the well­be­ing of its staff of the up­most im­por­tance.”

She said that there was no bud­getary con­cerns re­lat­ing to the changes, and that all staff en­ti­tle­ments at the DSC were planned for in the bud­get.

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