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Staff shortage after job cuts

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Staff shortage after job cuts thumbnailSinn Féin’s Cllr Cara McShane said she couldn’t support the new post, adding that there are lots of staff from the legacy councils who still aren’t sure where their jobs lie.

AN urgent council meeting has been called to address an "embarrassing" staff shortage after an exhausted officer admitted struggling to cope with his heavy workload.
Head of Corporate Performance and Compliance Stephen McMaw, who was appointed last August, told councillors that the departure of staff through voluntary severance had led to "a log-jam."
Following an impassioned plea for approval for a new post, Mr McMaw told Corporate Policy and Resources Committee members: "I'm exhausted; I don't have staff. I'm really struggling to deliver really important services. I don't have time to do it; I cannot do everything.
“People have left; there is nobody to do the job. The posts were in the old councils; there were staff but they have gone from the organisation."
He added: "My frustration is because there is nobody to carry out these critical functions for this council but somebody has to do them. That is where the log-jam is coming from. We don't have the staff structure to deal with it.
“I've been through the pain of having the auditor here. This year I won't have the time to do it; I've too heavy a workload."

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