Job cuts at HCC
Cuts of $15 million a year to Hamilton City Council budgets are starting to bite, with parks and open spaces staff told today five of them could learn within weeks that they're out of work.
Management say no final decisions have been made, but staff are already privately telling the Waikato Times they believe the reviews are a done deal and that their views will be ignored.
Council community general manager Lance Vervoort said the draft proposal would see five jobs go from the 33-strong parks and open spaces staff as a result of $1.3m a year in efficiencies and service cuts agreed by council last year during long term plan deliberations.
He said the changes would see less emphasis on specialists and more focus on generalist roles in the parks unit.
Staff have 12 days to provide feedback and will be told the final decision on October 16.
Parks and open spaces is the latest unit of council to feel the pain from last year's budget cuts.
Libraries and Organisational Development have borne the brunt so far, with 29.5 positions disestablished and replaced by 22, a loss of 7.5 full time-equivalents.
While in Libraries all 14 new roles were filled by existing staff, for Organisational Development only 3 out of 8 were.
Democratic Support Services has suffered a massive loss of organisational experience, with three staff choosing not to reapply for four new positions.
Of 19 staff re-employed into newly established roles from the six units or groups with completed reviews, six full time positions were at increased pay and conditions, 10 the same, and three at lesser pay and conditions, said organisational development general manager Olly Te Ua.
All of the staffing reviews are due to be completed by the end of this year, with a total of 60 full time equivalent jobs expected to be shed from council as a result by the end of June 2015.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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