Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig addresses the council and the public gallery in the handing down of the budget. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig addresses the council and the public gallery in the handing down of the budget. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Services Union says true number of staff lost unknown

ALTHOUGH Livingstone is set to shed 38 full-time positions, The Services Union says the true number of staff who will lose their jobs is not yet known.

The union's acting assistant secretary, Justine Moran, said more than 38 staff could be made redundant as the council decides if any part-time jobs will go.

Livingstone CEO Andrew Ireland (pictured) spoke with the union before Mayor Bill Ludwig delivered the budget on Tuesday.

He gave an example of two part-time positions equalling one full-time position.

But Mr Ireland said a lot of work had been done to reduce the number of job cuts.

Cr Ludwig said Livingstone had been given 393 staff during the split, which was too many.

He said in 2008, before amalgamation, Livingstone had 325 staff.

Ms Moran said the cuts were to be expected as part of the de-amalgamation process, but said 38 jobs was "quite significant".

She added the cuts came at a bad time for many employees - on the back of Christmas and just before children head back to school.

"For a lot of these people they've gone over a lot of turmoil over the last six to 12 months," Ms Moran said.

"We preferably would have liked them to have been voluntary redundancies."

She said the redundancy packages and a verbal guarantee from council that employees would be able to apply for other positions softened the blow.

Cr Ludwig said the job cuts would be across all council departments.



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