COUN­CIL: 76 EX­TRA GONE AS RE­DUN­DAN­CIES BAL­LOON

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - DOMANII CAMERON domanii. cameron@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE CITY Coun­cil has ex­panded its vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy of­fers af­ter 220 staff lodged ap­pli­ca­tions to leave its work­force.

Last month, the coun­cil re­ported it had re­ceived 126 ap­pli­ca­tions for vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies, short of the 144 po­si­tions that were iden­ti­fied as need­ing to be cut.

The coun­cil then broad­ened its of­fer to other staff in a bid to avoid hav­ing to make forced re­dun­dan­cies.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has now ap­proved 220 ap­pli­ca­tions, with 154 staff hav­ing al­ready been pro­cessed and 66 to be fi­nalised in com­ing months.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Adele Young said the ad­di­tional ap­pli­ca­tions did not mean the or­gan­i­sa­tion was los­ing a fur­ther 76 jobs.

“Some of th­ese staff will be re­placed and po­si­tions will be filled in­ter­nally wher­ever pos­si­ble through ei­ther rede­ploy­ment, re­train­ing and up­skilling,” she said.

“Th­ese are not 76 ad­di­tional re­dun­dant po­si­tions. Some of th­ese po­si­tions will be filled.”

The re­struc­ture, which was rec­om­mended in the Nous Re­port late last year, is ex­pected to de­liver about $ 14 mil­lion in sav­ings.

Man­age­ment po­si­tions have been re­duced by 40 per cent.

“Coun­cil is mak­ing strong progress with what is the big­gest re­form in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­cent his­tory,” Ms Young said.

“Open­ing up vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies to staff in other ar­eas of coun­cil meant we could ac­cept ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple who want to pur­sue other op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The changeover was pushed back from July 3 to al­low the coun­cil to con­sider other ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ms Young said the sys­tems to sup­port the new struc­ture were on tar­get to be op­er­a­tional by July 17.

“Re­duc­ing the ex­ces­sive labour hire and top- heavy man­age­ment will con­sid­er­ably cut the wages cost for coun­cil,” she said.

“Coun­cil ex­pects around $ 14 mil­lion in an­nual sav­ings in wages from the re­struc­ture, along with $ 14 mil­lion in fur­ther ef­fi­cien­cies from im­proved pro­cure­ment pro­cesses, light ve­hi­cle fleet re­view, while front­line ser­vices will re­main un­af­fected.

“Coun­cil has given a com­mit­ment to put front­line ser­vices first.”

The to­tal num­ber of jobs cut will be de­ter­mined in com­ing months.

Coun­cil CEO Adele Young.

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