Workers don't want to be dumped
FEARS among Maryborough council waste workers that their jobs are in jeopardy were quashed yesterday by the mayor.
“Council will need to put the Hervey Bay contract for waste collection up for tender next year when JJ Richards' contract runs out,” Mr Kruger said yesterday.
“Or we may instead decide to put the entire region up for tender for the waste collection contract.”
Rumours have been running strong across Maryborough this week with council waste staffers saying privately that they were concerned about their jobs.
But Mr Kruger said he and the CEO Andrew Brien had made a commitment that not one council worker would lose his or her job come March next year when the State Government's job protection moratorium ran out.
“But if we do decide to put waste services up for tender for the entire region, then it may well be that the successful contractor says to council workers, ‘Okay, come with us because we need you'.”
Councillor Gerard O'Connell told the Chronicle that he too had heard the rumours about the six workers losing their jobs.
“I have checked and it seems we are going to put the contract up for private tender, I believe in 2012 from July 1,” Cr O'Connell said.
“It is cheaper for council to have a private contractor do the waste collection, hence the rumour also going around that this move would save us 38 per cent of the cost of using our own staff in Maryborough.”