BAW Baw staff affected by the council’s planned restructure, which is set to see up to 35 people made redundant, have been presented with a new proposal, but little has changed from the first draft distributed last month.
First published in the 27 March 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
A representative of the Australian Services Union, which represents the Baw Baw staff, said the proposal had been put to staff and a new round of consultation had begun.
“The organisation has moved on a couple of items, which is promising from our point of view,” ASU Gippsland organiser Cameron Wright told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“A couple of positions have been kept, but then they’ve [removed] a couple of others.
“It’s three in, three out kind of stuff.”
Mr Wright said a final proposal may come next month.
“We’ve got some agreed timelines in place and at some point in time, probably post 14 April, they may be in a position to put out a final proposal as to how the structure will look like from their point of view,” he said.
Mr Wright declined to say how negotiations with the Baw Baw executive were going.
Asked what the union would do for those staff members who wanted to take a package and leave, Mr Wright said: “we’re not going to stand in the way of an individual who wants to take a package if it does eventuate. We’ll only obviously fight for the people who want to stay.”
He said an exit agreement would be defined by the staff’s enterprise bargaining agreement.
Mr Wright said other councils considering restructure “have looked at what happened here and they’re doing things a lot differently.”
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