Plun­ket to cull 53 jobs

The Dominion Post - - Business - ANUJA NADKARNI

The Plun­ket So­ci­ety plans to make more than 50 jobs re­dun­dant in cen­tral re­gional cen­tres.

Plun­ket spokes­woman Jen Rich said while the pro­posal was for 53 jobs to be made re­dun­dant, 37 jobs would be cre­ated.

‘‘The con­sul­ta­tion is only a pro­posal at this stage – a pro­posal is by no means a de­ci­sion and there is still some way to go be­fore de­ci­sions are made.’’

Staff af­fected by the re­dun­dan­cies would be re­as­signed to new jobs whereever pos­si­ble, Rich said.

No Plun­ket cen­tres would close and fam­i­lies could con­tinue to use Plun­ket’s ser­vices as usual.

A Plun­ket worker, who did not want to be named, said staff were told about the an­nounce­ment this week via a Skype meet­ing.

"We've worked so hard for our com­mu­ni­ties for all these years and it just makes us feel hor­ri­ble."

Plun­ket worker

She said the 53 staff had been asked to reap­ply for one job that would re­place them in Hamil­ton.

‘‘They are cut­ting these roles to the most rural and vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties to have more peo­ple work­ing out of cen­tralised hubs which have never even been to these com­mu­ni­ties, don’t know the wha¯nau and can­not re­late to the strug­gles within ev­ery day life,’’ the worker said.

While many ad­min­is­tra­tive roles were ex­pected to be made re­dun­dant, the loss of some com­mu­nity roles came as a shock to staff mem­bers, she said.

‘‘Ad­min staff knew this would come, as ev­ery­thing is chang­ing over to a com­put­erised sys­tem, so all pa­per han­dling is fin­ished, but the com­mu­nity work­ers had no idea.

‘‘It’s ab­so­lutely rub­bish. We’ve worked so hard for our com­mu­ni­ties for all these years and it just makes us feel hor­ri­ble.’’

Many of Plun­ket’s ser­vices are run and or­gan­ised by a large vol­un­teer base and, the worker said, Plun­ket was look­ing to re­place the lost jobs with more vol­un­teers.

Most of the jobs af­fected are per­ma­nent roles.

A brief­ing doc­u­ment shared with staff says the pro­posed re­dun­dan­cies are part of Plun­ket chang­ing its le­gal re­struc­ture to a char­i­ta­ble trust from an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety on Jan­uary 1.

The re­dun­dan­cies will also re­duce costs, the doc­u­ment says.

In a note to staff, Plun­ket’s re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager for the cen­tral re­gion, Stephen Lav­ery, said: ‘‘We know that the changes we are mak­ing to our or­gan­i­sa­tion can be un­set­tling for many peo­ple.

‘‘One of the over­ar­ch­ing goals of Plun­ket’s trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme is to or­gan­ise the de­liv­ery of our ser­vices in a way that max­imises the im­pact of each dol­lar Plun­ket spends.

‘‘This will en­sure Plun­ket is di­rect­ing its re­sources on where it can make the big­gest dif­fer­ence and pro­vide a more con­sis­tent level of ser­vice to fam­i­lies and wha¯nau across Aotearoa New Zealand.’’

Con­sul­ta­tion with staff runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 13 and the new struc­ture is ex­pected to take ef­fect on April 12.

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