Union warns against cuts

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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