City of Albany pay changes sent to Fair Work Commission
The City of Albany will go to the Fair Work Commission for final approval of its plan to cut staff hours by 20 per cent for six months and freeze staff salaries for the next financial year.
The pay changes are part of a bid to plug an estimated loss of more than $7 million because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The City revealed last week 94 per cent of its staff cast a vote on the proposed changes to the City’s enterprise agreement, with 76 per cent voting in favour.
Last month, chief executive Andrew Sharpe, Mayor Dennis Wellington and all 12 councillors agreed to a 20 per cent pay cut.
Mr Sharpe said the proposal would save the City about $2.6 million in costs and guarantee the employment of its permanent workforce.
“This vote really speaks volumes for the positive culture of the City of Albany and I’m very thankful to our staff that they’ve backed this proposal in and we can avoid job losses,” he said.
Mr Sharpe said staff would be asked to take annual leave, long service leave or leave without pay to reduce ordinary hours during the six months.
“Our capacity will be reduced temporarily, but we’ll do our best to manage,” he said.
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