Redundancy for 17 part-time council staff

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Seventeen part-time Gore District Council staff have been made redundant this week.

The staff were employed at the Gore Aquatic Centre and MLT Event Centre.

Gore District Council chief executive Stephen Parry said the decision was not made lightly.

“After a lot of deliberation, and recognising these are truly extraordinary circumstances, we believe this is the only fiscally responsible option available to the council,” Mr Parry said.

The possibility of the pool and event centre opening to the public before Alert Level 1 was highly unlikely.

“The reality was the council was unable to retain staff for a service it’s unable to provide, nor has a definitive date for when it could resume.”

The notices were issued in accordance with the provisions in their employment agreements. Redundancy compensation would be provided.

Management and reception staff at the complex, as well as lifeguards, had been retained.

The council would look at re-employing redundant staff when the situation regarding Covid-19 changed, he said.

Most full-time council staff, whose roles were indoors, had been working at full capacity through Level 4, albeit remotely, he said.

“Where possible and practical, some staff have been redeployed on other duties during Level 4, such as community support, delivering groceries and traffic management at the Gore transfer station.”