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Union plan on the table

Wednesday, 25th June, 2014

By Michael Murphy

Union officials representing City Council employees will fly into the city next week to meet with general manager Therese Manns about a workforce restructure impacting on members.

Earlier this month, City Council revealed plans to shed 18.5 full time equivalent positions as part of a restructure that it says will save about $1.4 million a year.

Last week, the United Services Union (USU) unveiled a longer-term plan it says will allow Council to achieve its cost-saving goals, but without unwanted redundancies.

USU industrial officer Greg Golledge said last night that Council had requested details of the union’s proposal, and that he was planning on returning to Broken Hill on Tuesday for a meeting with Ms Manns.

“We are happy to talk about anything she likes,” Mr Golledge said, adding that the details of the plan would be sent to the general manager today. 

“We hope to get some sort of compromise, or some sort of stay for members,” he said.

He said eight weeks would be a realistic timeframe for discussions.

“We want real consideration for the plan that we put up,” he said.

“We would like them to look at the idea of just voluntary redundancies, and see where the hands go up.”

A USU official will also be in the city today to discuss plans with unionists.

“We just want what is fair for our members.”

Last week, about 120 union members met at the Trades Hall to discuss Council’s restructure plans.

They moved a motion that they “do not agree with the way (Ms Manns) is enforcing the restructure and don’t believe she is abiding by the award”.

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