SEE YOU IN COURT: Australian Workers Union QLD acting secretary central division Tony Beers.
SEE YOU IN COURT: Australian Workers Union QLD acting secretary central division Tony Beers. Mike Richards GLA210417NRGP

Industrial action: Council offers olive branch in dispute

NORTH Burnett's mayor has struck a conciliatory tone towards the union which is taking it to court over perceived job losses, saying the action is just "unions doing their jobs".

The Australian Workers Union lodged a notice of an industrial dispute under s261 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016 with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on September 26, the day after releasing what Mayor Rachel Chambers described as a "bombastic" statement panning the council for what the union claimed was a plan to cut 13 full-time equivalent jobs.

The union lodged the action in response to the council's 'Workforce Sustainability Project', which aims to find $1.5 million of savings during this budgetary term in response to an unfavourable assessment by the Queensland Treasury Corporation because of its structural deficit.

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