Five people to lose jobs

Five Byron Shire Council staff may lose their jobs next month as council considers a program of forced redundancies.

General manager Graeme Faulkner said this represented less than three per cent of the total workforce.

He said the positions currently being considered for forced redundancy were spread generally between manager and technical officer positions, as well as equally between the general manager’s division, planning development and environment services and corporate and community services.

“Forced redundancies may result in termination of employment of some affected staff members,” Mr Faulkner said.

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

Last October, council resolved in a confidential session to authorise Mr Faulkner to reallocate resources and affect necessary redundancies to achieve the organisation restructure.

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

Mr Faulkner said that unfortunately all but three of the positions were identified as being necessary to council’s operational needs.

“Three offers of voluntary redundancy were made, two of which have been accepted, with one outstanding,” he said.

“The voluntary redundancy program has now been concluded with, unfortunately, insufficient results to completely implement the restructure.”

Mr Faulkner said management hoped to achieve the necessary outcome 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.

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