Becker signs to assist Livingstone council workers fears
A COUNCIL is only as good as its staff, according to Kay Becker.
That is why the Livingstone Shire mayoral candidate has pledged to "do her utmost" to ensure that redundancies are minimised and local employment maximised in the establishment of the new council.
Yesterday she signed a pledge being sent to all council candidates by The Services Union, which represents Queensland's local government workers.
Candidates are being asked to "commit", "do my upmost to ensure" or "not commit" to the union campaign.
A total of 392 full-time employees are on the transfer list from the Rockhampton Regional Council to Livingstone.
Asked why she selected the second option, Ms Becker said: "I can't commit to something that I don't have a full understanding of.
"I don't know what positions have been offered, who has been offered what, how many positions are available. That information has not been made available at this stage."
Mayoral candidate Bill Ludwig has committed to the pledge, while union delegates planned to meet with the other mayoral candidate, Brian Fisher.
The list of candidates' pledges is expected to be completed by today.
TSU acting secretary Jennifer Thomas said the union wanted to ensure workers on the transfer list were provided with ongoing job security, including fair wages and working conditions.
The union believes that reducing staff would hurt the community if services were not maintained and a reduction of staff would affect the local economy.
Livingstone Shire residents go to the polls this Saturday to elect the new council, comprising a mayor and six councillors, to come into effect on January 1, 2014.