Unions’ fears for coun­cil work­ers

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UNIONS have raised con­cerns that out­sourc­ing is threat­en­ing Ho­bart City Coun­cil work­ers’ jobs.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Aus­tralian Work­ers’ Union and Aus­tralian Ser­vices Union used last night’s Ho­bart City Coun­cil an­nual gen­eral meet­ing to ques­tion the Lord Mayor about out­sourc­ing.

The unions claimed that dur­ing 2018-19 the coun­cil pro­vided $10 mil­lion in con­tracts to pri­vate com­pa­nies for work that could have be done by coun­cil staff.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said as elected mem­bers had not dis­cussed the is­sue, she could not pro­vide a re­sponse on be­half of coun­cil.

“I would have to con­fer with my col­leagues (on whether) they wanted to dis­cuss it, or if it was an op­er­a­tional mat­ter for the gen­eral man­ager,” Cr Reynolds said.

Aus­tralian Ser­vices Union or­gan­iser Karen Tan­tari said ser­vices out­sourced cov­ered a range of coun­cil ac­tiv­i­ties, such as engi­neer­ing, road­works, toi­let clean­ing and main­te­nance of parks and re­serves.

“Pub­lic toi­lets are con­tracted out and they are not cleaned to the same stan­dard,” she said.

Work­ers are due to vote on a wage of­fer this month.

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