The Mercury newspaper reported last week that some southern councils are again taking steps towards amalgamation.
This discussion of a potential amalgamation of Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough councils occurred in the media before there had been consultation with council workers who would be affected by an amalgamation.
The ASU immediately wrote to the general manager, mayors and alderman/councillors at each of these councils.
We asked for additional information and a consultative process involving ASU officials and delegates at each council to begin.
The ASU is concerned that appropriate consultation occurs with staff regarding potential impacts this will have on them and their livelihoods.
We also wrote to the general manager, mayors and alderman/councillors of all other Tasmanian councils asking for a proactive consultative process with ASU officials and delegates at each council if they should ever decide to investigate amalgamation options in the future.
The ASU has called on the Hodgman Liberal Government to guarantee that there will be no cuts to local jobs if any council amalgamations occur.
ASU members at councils deliver services that Tasmanians rely on every day, and these services are at risk if there were any reduction in staff as a result of amalgamations.
We are also asking all Tasmanian council employees to complete the ASU Tasmanian local government amalgamation survey to let us know how you feel about possible future amalgamations in the state.
We urge all members to share the survey with their colleagues so that we can get a significant response rate.
For further information please contact:
ASU Acting Tasmanian Coordinator Aaron De La Torre | 0427 813 821 | firstname.lastname@example.org