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Council staff fear for jobs

Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014

By Andrew Robertson

Some Council employees are weighing up their futures as feared job cuts have come to fruition as part of a large-scale restructure.

Council is refusing to say how many of its staff will be affected by the changes but BDT understands a number of positions have so far been axed across a number of departments.

In some cases employees have been told they can re-apply for fewer-available positions or new roles which in some cases pay less money.

“It’s a pretty solemn mood at the moment,” said a relative of one affected employee who did not want to be named.

They said they knew of at least four employees who have been told their positions no longer exist.

“Some employees were then advised they’ll be redeployed or made redundant.

“In some circumstances they may also be able to apply for newly-created positions.

“This will result in redundancies, though, as fewer positions are available.”  

Employees began learning of their fate last Thursday, the day after councillors gave the green light to the review aimed at improving Council’s financial position.

Council previously announced changes to its upper management structure which will see five senior positions reduced to three.

Last week it also confirmed 20 positions were going from Shorty O’Neil Village which will function with a staff of three by the end of June.

Council’s acting general manager Laura Kendall said yesterday it would be inappropriate to comment until all staff were consulted as part of the review.    

“In terms of the on-going organisational review, our priority lies first and foremost with informing our staff.

“This is a difficult time and the General Manager continues to engage and consult across the organisation.

“This is taking some time and until we have met will all of our staff to outline the proposed workforce review process it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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