Union officials in city
Saturday, 14th June, 2014
By Andrew Robertson
Union officials will travel to Broken Hill next week for talks with City Council employees about the proposed workforce restructure.
United Services Union (USU) southern manager Gary Vann and industrial officer Greg Golledge will arrive in the city on Tuesday for the meeting on Wednesday evening.
Mr Golledge said the visit was about supporting USU members employed at Council and providing more information about the planned changes.
“We’ve had a number of requests for clarification on redundancies and the restructure,” he said yesterday.
Council this week announced 18.5 full-time equivalent positions would be axed under a proposed restructure.
Most of the jobs will go from Council’s Administrative Centre where a major shake-up of the roles and responsibilities of staff are also expected.
A confidential report has revealed that the changes are expected to result in a total reduction in the workforce of 31 and that many remaining staff will become multi-skilled.
The changes are expected to be implemented next month following a month-long consultation process.
The union has also released a fact sheet for members outlining their rights as employees, including when they are entitled to a redundancy.
“Some are very upset about the restructure,” Mr Golledge said.
He said next week’s meeting will be held at the Trades Hall after work hours because Council refused to grant paid meetings for staff.
Mr Golledge said the union was disappointed with Council’s decision.
“It’s certainly not amicable between the union and council management.”
The meeting will be held at the BIC office at 5pm.
Council’s general manager Therese Manns yesterday said that the Industrial Relations Commissioner supported Council’s approach to hold a paid union meeting in July, after the current staff consultation process was completed.