No hams for staff

Townsville Bulletin - - Talk Of North -

BUT the one that blew ev­ery­one away was the Christ­mas ham af­fair. Cr Clarke moved that Christ­mas hams be given to all coun­cil staff mem­bers. Af­ter all, he said, staff had worked seven days a week, six weeks straight af­ter the cy­clone. Many of them had lost their homes or had homes dam­aged, but they turned up for work, day in, day out. The kicker was that hardly any staff de­manded over­time or penalty en­ti­tle­ments for work­ing in rain, mud and try­ing con­di­tions. The sav­ings to ratepay­ers amounted to more than $200,000. One staff mem­ber could have col­lected $32,000 in over­time, but didn’t put in a claim. Two coun­cil­lors op­posed the mo­tion, say­ing staff didn’t de­serve the hams. They were Cr Mauloni and Cr Dave McCarthy. The hams, by the way, cost $6500 in to­tal.

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