New work deal not a worry: DSC
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.