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Discussion document to be released to employees

General News | 09/25/2009

Discussion document to be released to employees

The Auckland Transition Agency (ATA) is committed to working with existing local councils and their staff and unions as the change to the new Auckland Council progresses.

The ATA plans to circulate a discussion document including a draft of a proposed organisational structure for the new Auckland Council and some preliminary discussion of the employee change implications.

Laila Harré, the ATA advisor leading the workforce and human resources work stream, said: “The purpose of the document will be to promote discussion and provide a basis for feedback from local government, staff and unions.”

The discussion document will not present the final shape of the new Auckland Council. Nor will it indicate which jobs in existing councils may be subject to change.

But the document and the feedback received by the ATA through this process and through the work streams in which local council nominees are involved will contribute to the final shape of the new council.

ATA representatives including Mark Ford, Laila Harré, Chris Mackenzie and Colin Dale have continued to meet with council employees and answer questions in face-to-face meetings.

Laila said: “The ATA will also engage with unions at a regional level on options under consideration in areas identified by unions as having a significant impact on their members, and across work streams when considering the employment and employment relations implications of strategy and design options.”