An opportunity to improve recruitment and retention at Townville City Council

Welcome back and happy new year!

Last week your Union Delegates at Townsville City Council hit the ground running at this year’s first Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). We raised serious concerns around recruitment and retention and lack of workforce planning at Council.

The proof is in the pudding with 132 positions currently being actively recruited for, with the number much higher for vacant positions! We asked the hard questions “Why Council can’t attract or hold onto staff, including management?” The Council confirmed that this is an issue for them but were unable to articulate any reasoning beyond the current job market being a tough one.

We have offered our support to assist Council with its ongoing recruitment and retention issues. We know from listening to our members you have concerns around workload management, low morale and the ongoing training and induction requirements for new staff.

Your voice and ideas about this matter can assist Council. Make sure you make your voice heard by taking our survey. Your individual response is strictly confidential. if you have not received a copy, please let us know  so a link can be provided to you.

Let’s help Council deliver better results for the community and the staff. If you work with someone who isn’t yet a member of The Services Union then let them know what we are up to and encourage them to join .

Pictured: Workplace Delegates Jonathon Hughes and Jacqueline Davis, Organiser Glenn Desmond, Workplace Delegate Krystal Curnow and Union Secretary Neil Henderson.