Council staff submissions prove ‘valuable’

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Invercargill City Council chief executive Clare Hadley.

REVISED restructure means fewer job cuts and more job creation than originally proposed at Invercargill City Council (ICC).

ICC’s review team advised staff of the results on Monday. The report shows 17 jobs will be axed new roles will be created.

Other positions would have a change to reporting lines.

The original proposal suggested up to 20 jobs be disestablished and 13 new positions be created.

The document says the decision was changed following the receipt of 78 submissions from staff.

In the document, ICC chief executive Clare Hadley thanked staff for their feedback.

“That information was hugely valuable about this proposed change from a range of perspectives.

“We recognised that this has been a painful and difficult time for some and regret this. However, we believe that, ultimately, this structure will better integrate and streamline the wider delivery of our activities and in doing so provide better outcomes for council and community.”

The document also shows seven positions were reviewed.

After feedback, these jobs would not be cut and options for redeployment would be available.

“[It] will be our first consideration for all staff who are at risk of redundancy.”

Public Service Association national secretary Glenn Barclay said when ICC began consulting staff about his change process, union representatives were worried about its impact.

“We are pleased to see many of these concerns were taken seriously.

“The PSA is consulting with union members to confirm how the Council’s latest announcement will affect them, and if they still have concerns we will raise these with the employer.

“The best outcome is always one where hard-working and skilled staff remain securely employed, and the people of Invercargill continue to enjoy reliably excellent community services.

An ICC spokeswoman said the chief executive, “won’t be commenting on staffing matters”.

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