Glen Alexander, Adam Cooper and Helen DePalma Day, all from Yeppoon, voted Yes in the ballot to de-amalgamate Livingstone Shire.
Glen Alexander, Adam Cooper and Helen DePalma Day, all from Yeppoon, voted Yes in the ballot to de-amalgamate Livingstone Shire. Kathleen Calderwood

Services Union presses issues with de-amalgamating councils

AFTER a lengthy process, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the de-amalgamating Livingstone Shire Council.

The Services Union, which represents Queensland's local government workers, is looking forward to the upcoming elections for the re-formed Livingstone Council on November 9.

It has been working closely with members in de-amalgamating councils ensuring appropriate employment safeguards and decent and transparent transition arrangements are put in place for affected workers.

Acting secretary of the union Jennifer Thomas said they were still working on final transition arrangements with Rockhampton Regional Council.

"Our aim after the de-amalgamation process is finalised is to ensure workers are provided with ongoing job security including fair wages and working conditions," she said.

The Services Union will arrange to meet and lobby mayoral candidates when announced, to voice any concerns around employment issues and the delivery of services to local communities.

"All communities who voted for de-amalgamation voiced loudly they wanted their own local council staffed by local employees. Therefore, we will be calling on mayoral candidates to commit to maximising permanent employment and minimising redundancies when the new Councils of Douglas, Mareeba, Livingstone and Noosa come into effect on January 1 ..."



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