Rotorua District Council workers want jobs, not sympathy

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 66 Rotorua District Council staff set to lose their jobs want to keep working for the good of their community, and sympathy from Councillors won’t pay their rent or feed their families.

The PSA represents about 100 members working at the Council.

Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said “Our members have been given inadequate information throughout this process, and they are upset at how they have been treated,”

“Councillors Searancke, Maxwell and Sturt told media they felt sympathy for the staff, but they sit on a Council responsible for this decision.

“Geoff Williams, Chief Executive of the Council has offered to meet with the PSA and we are looking forward to this meeting.

“We hope that Mr Williams will take immediate action to initiate genuine consultation with the PSA, our members, and the wider Rotorua community.
    
“It is clear that cost-cutting has been valued more than the important services provided to the community by the more than 10% of Council staff whose jobs are set to go,” said Glenn Barclay.