Council throws union boss out

A UNION boss yesterday called for Rockhampton Regional Council to wipe the slate clean for all its workers issued with “frivolous warnings” since the amalgamation.

Australian Workers' Union Rockhampton organiser Peter Ward was a busy man yesterday.

Early in the day he called for council to scrap the warnings made to staff in light of the “bungled” Milbi situation.

Then in the afternoon Mr Ward was thrown out of the council meeting when the Milbi matter was being debated after he interrupted proceedings from the public gallery saying the meeting was being run incorrectly.

Mayor Brad Carter gave him his marching orders.

Mr Ward said the Milbi situation had embarrassed council.

“The fact is someone has made a big stuff-up, but I doubt there will be any punishment,” Mr Ward said.

“What we want is a moratorium for all workers issued with frivolous warnings.

“When workers screw up they throw the book at them.”

He said council should wipe the slate clean for all staff and move forward in one direction.

“We've had four councils come into one,” Mr Ward said.

“That's four different management structures and cultures.

“Now's a good time to remove all the warnings because everyone now knows the culture of the council.

“The AWU genuinely wants to see relationships improve at council, but is concerned the HR department is obsequious to the CEO.”

Council's chief executive Alastair Dawson yesterday declined to comment.



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