Capricorn Mercure Resort
Capricorn Mercure Resort Contributed

Resort staff job threat if they vote yes on Saturday untrue

CLAIMS that staff at the Mercure Capricorn Resort could lose their jobs if they supported de-amalgamation have been rejected by the resort's management as "completely untrue".

Ted Mitani, director and owner's representative at Capricorn Resort said the resort's management held a meeting last Friday to explain why the company's owner, Yoshitaro Iwasaki, had gone public urging the former Livingstone Shire to remain amalgamated with Rockhampton Region.

"The company's owner has made a statement that if we stand together it's better," said Mr Mitani.

"The meeting was to explain why and answer any questions from staff."

An email was sent to all staff members last week urging them to speak with their colleagues and friends, "as the tourist industry is in crisis".

"We need a strong voice from those that support an amalgamated council.

"Please advise us if you have any allies as we would be keen to meet up, stand together and present a united voice," the email read.

It included an invitation to all staff to attend Friday's meeting.

Mr Mitani said the meeting was voluntary and any staff members could attend the question and answer session with One Capricorn Region chairman, Geoff Murphy.

Mr Mitani said he had been personally attacked by some staff members and had YES stickers stuck all over his car, twice.

"But, I never attack back," he said.

"I would like to discuss this with everybody … I have talked to the managers and told them if the staff is not happy with what I'm doing, please tell me."

General manager, Jonathan Dean categorically denied there had been any threats made.

"I sent a memo in relation to staff defacing items put up on the notice board," he said.

"There was black pen through the face of the owner … big black texta, which is completely inappropriate ... that's insubordination."

Mr Dean said notice boards were there for all types of information and a poster promoting de-amalgamation would be permitted.



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