Union warns against cuts
QUEENSLAND councils have been warned that the end of a staffing agreement shouldn’t mean wholesale cuts to staff and services. As part of amalgamations in March 2008 which reduced the number of local governments from 157 to 73, the Beattie government guaranteed job security for council employees for three years. That agreement ended yesterday and Queensland’s largest local government union, the Queensland Services Union ( QSU), warned amalgamated councils across the state that staffing cuts would be strongly resisted. The QSU’s secretary, Kath Nelson, said some councils had been whingeing about the job security guarantee since its inception in 2008.