Tauranga City Council has scaled back its restructuring plans
following staff consultation, with 30 positions now to be cut
instead of 45.
Chief executive Leigh Auton has confirmed plans for the new
organisational structure a month after a draft plan proposing
the net loss of 45 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions was
announced to staff.
The draft plan would have saved the council $2.7 million,
however that figure has now been brought back to $1.5 million
as a result of the reduced number of job losses.
While numerous positions will be disestablished next year, 29
new positions will be created, meaning a net loss of 30 FTE
positions. Nineteen of the disestablished positions are
currently vacant and will not be filled again.
Meanwhile, APN New Zealand has announced it is closing its
printing site in Tauranga with the loss of 27 jobs. The
closure will take place next year and mean the Bay of Plenty
Times will be printed in Auckland.
The outcome of the council's review was an organisation that
had adjusted to the political and economic climate, and was
in a strong position to move forward, Mr Auton said.
"I believe that this organisation review and the work that
follows will result in staffing levels that are appropriate
and designed to enable a continuation of current levels of
service to the community."
Staff reductions will rise to 66 by 2014 with the loss of six
Baycourt staff who will be transferred to a proposed
super-CCO (Council Controlled Organisation) in July next year
and 30 temporary staff employed to scan council's hardcopy
documents (STAR project) in early 2014.
Councillors approved a budget of $445,000 for the two reviews
(organisation and CCO) and while external consultants were
hired to work on the reviews the council would not say how
much they were paid, claiming commercial sensitivity.
One of the positions to be created will be that of an adviser
to the chief executive although it will be up to the new
chief executive to decide whether the position is
Mayor Stuart Crosby refused to be drawn on whether the
scaled-back staff cuts were a victory for staff, saying it
was just "part of the process".
External submissions from organisations affected by the
proposed disestablishment of 45 positions had played a part
in the final decision, he said.
Mr Auton said the organisational review was not the end of
the process of reforms at the council.
The design principles adopted for the review were based on
good practice, that included recommendations from the State
Services Commission, he said.
- By Joseph Aldridge of the Bay of Plenty Times