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Council Staff Accept Reduced Hours

Staff of Nasinu and Nausori Town Councils will be temporarily put on reduced working hours in June following discussions with all employees. Chief Executive Officer Anurashika Bari said the decision
31 May 2021 17:02
Council Staff Accept Reduced Hours
Council worker working along the Nasinu area on May 28, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord.

Staff of Nasinu and Nausori Town Councils will be temporarily put on reduced working hours in June following discussions with all employees.

Chief Executive Officer Anurashika Bari said the decision would impact those working in non-critical areas where there had been a reduction in workload since the COVID-restrictions were implemented.

Staff identified would be working one day less per week in June.

“This temporary measure was necessary because of drastic decline in the Council cash inflows and the need to move fast to conserve enough cash for the sustainable delivery of essential services that is garbage collection, sanitary and market operations,” Ms Bari said.

“The thought behind implementing this temporary measure was to prioritize the essential services to our valued rate payers while keeping all staff in employment during this challenging times so that they can continue to feed their families.

“This temporary measure was implemented after analysing various options and prudential consideration of financial, people and service implications.”

She said the decision was well received by staff and they had shown their support in good faith.

“As you know, the temporary measure was necessary and had to be implemented quickly,” she said.

“The Council would not have been able act quickly without the support and collaboration of the Staff, Union and Ministry of Local Government.

“The Board and Management recognises that the decision was unsettling to impacted staff and would like to thank all staff for their support, collaboration and sacrifice.”

The Council Board and Management will continue to review the COVID restrictions and the economic and financial situation regularly with the intention to revert to normal hours as soon as practical.

 

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