Forced redundancies to hit council

Graeme Faulkner.
Graeme Faulkner.

FIVE Byron Shire Council staff are set to lose their jobs early next month.

The job cuts are part of what the council is calling an ‘organisation restructure’.

According to the council, positionsbeing considered for forced redundancy are spread generally between manager and technical officer positions, as well as the general manager’s division, planning development and environment services and corporate and community services.

General manager Graeme Faulkner said management had hoped to shed the jobs through natural attrition and voluntary redundancies.

However, this did not occur and as a result the regrettable decision had been made to move on to a program of forced redundancies

Council conducted a voluntary redundancy program between October and December last year and received 14 applications.

But according to Mr Faulkner, all but three of the positions were identified as being necessary to council’s needs.

“Three offers of voluntaryredundancy were made to staff members, two of which have been accepted, with one still outstanding,” he said.

“The voluntary redundancy program has now been concluded with, unfortunately, insufficient results to completely imp-lement the restructure.

“Forced redundancies may result in termination of employment of some affected staff members.

“However, to the greatestextent possible, council will seek to redeploy affected staff within the organisation.”

Mr Faulkner said the five positions being considered for a forced redundancy represented less than 3 per cent of the council’s workforce.

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