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28 November 2013

BOB "SLEEPY" MANNING AND CAIRNS COUNCIL - DOING THEIR BEST TO SCREW OVER DOUGLAS DURING DE-AMALGAMATION PROCESS

NEIL QUINN - ON A PAYPACKET
EXCEEDING THE MAYOR - ALL
WITHOUT AN INTERVIEW OR
PUBLIC JOB POSTING
In a plan hatched by Mayor Manning's $300,000 per annum assistant Neil Quinn, the Cairns (non)Regional Council is systematically using the Douglas Shire de-amalgamation process to screw our neighbours to the north. 

We'll be reporting on a number of these screw-jobs in the run-up to the kiss-off.

Quinn was the Port Authority CEO that tore down the Yacht Club to create a vacant lot and turned a tropical Cairns Airport into a soulless, inefficient, high-cost and shitbox looking airport.  Tearing down the iconic DC-3 at the entrance and chopping it up.  Quinn is a hit man for hire.

The first and arguably most egregious act by our Council was the decision to "forcibly transfer" 31 long-serving CRC employees to the new Douglas Council - to fill 14 jobs.


WHY WOULD 31 EMPLOYEES BE TOLD TO
PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS WITH ONLY 14 CHAIRS?
WTF?  How does THAT math work?

It doesn't.  Manning and CEO Peter Tabulo have used this excuse to rid themselves of a wide range of employees in what many regard as a management "get square".  All these 31 were told their new jobs would be at Mossman, a 150km/per/day commute up the congested Cook Highway daily.  

And then their new employer, Douglas Shire, told them in actuality only 14 of them would have jobs.  The rest have been summarily sacked in this Bob Manning game of "musical chairs".  

When asked about this shabby treatment of dedicated Cairns council workers, Manning lied and said "a number of employees were required to be transferred", inferring that the state was responsible.  In fact the CRC did NOT need to transfer these additional 31 - they had already met the minimum transfer requirement.  Why would Manning approve the de-facto sacking of these workers who all live in Cairns and who would mostly object to a move from here to Mossman?

And in a stunning admission, Manning was overheard telling a supporter in Port "wouldn't you take the opportunity to get rid of your dead wood?"  If this were really the case, the whole Unity Team should have been included.


Typical of the employees transferred sacked is Kerri Jenkins, Cairns' Social Media Officer (a position Douglas will not be able to afford).  Jenkins has done tremendous work at engaging the Council with young people, the predominant users of things like Facebook.  This work was shown to be vital with items like the Cairns Disaster Alert Facebook page - with over 8000 "likes", it is four times as popular as the Council's own Facebook page.  

Kerri hasn't updated this page for several months as she's now been transferred sacked WHILE ON MATERNITY LEAVE!

With the Services Union largely ineffectual in dealing with anything other than collecting employee's dues, Manning is looking more like the Grinch everyday.

UPDATE:
After the blow-up on this issue during the CRC meeting in Mareeba yesterday, Bob "Sleepy" Manning quickly got on the Cueball show this morning.  However it was clear Manning still doesn't have a clue as to what's going on, what the numbers are, who the staff are, or anything surrounding this issue.  It has been black-handed by others, who are happy to let Manning hold the bag of shit as a result.

The same sleazy tactic is being used in the Noosa de-amalgamation, too.   


40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everyone I know has voted this the worst council we have had to put up with. What they did with the council workers is appalling. If they wanted to get rid of dead wood just before Christmas and all that entails at the very least do it by redundancy. But one would expect nothing less from an LNP local government and a LNP shock jock who is their media spokeswomen, sorry, spokesman.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like nasty business…Forgive my ignorance, but why does CRC have to pay someone one to "engage" with young people ? I can't remember ever feeling the need to "engage" with council when I was young, other than paying for fines and permits and the like...

Anonymous said...

Worst Council ever!
Worst Queensland government ever!
After mere months the worst Federal government ever!
Thanks Rupert and your whores such as Macca and King.

Observer said...

This is pretty well consistent with the excuses given for the mass sackings by the LNP throughout Queensland, that they are all "dead wood" or "bludgers".
I hear there are sackings going on at the local T.A.F.E. with the exact same words "dead wood" being used by the LNP State Minister. Must be a real nice feeling knowing what your LNP government thinks about you as you hit the unemployment queues.

Anonymous said...

Council has had a Youth Officer or similar position for quite some years.

Aidan Bickhoff said...

Same thing happened down here on the Sunshine Coast...425people transferred to Noosa for 250positions.

The new council pays the redundancy costs...

Anonymous said...

Where's Richie Bates, the 'unionist', defending all the workers his Unity mates are shafting?

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

It's even worse than you suggest, HBW. 31 people for 14 jobs. 31 people not necessarily skilled for the jobs on offer. As you say, what the hell would Douglas do with a social marketing expert. I'm sure many of the others told to shift are similarly unsuited to any of the jobs on offer. What happens to the people who don't get the jobs in Douglas? What happens to those with kids at school in Cairns or partners in jobs in Cairns who cannot relocate to Mossman? What right does Council have to force people to move to another town? Can you imagine any staff living in Babinda driving to Douglas every day? CRC and Douglas are banned from forcing redundancies because of their Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. So, Douglas, a town of 10,000 people has to pay these extra staff (presumably at current wages) to hang around filing their nails or find a way to offer them payouts. If these staff are redundant to Cairns why couldn't Cairns fulfil its own obligations and pay them out? Why use this dishonest and sneaky way to dump staff but force someone else to pay for them?

Anonymous said...

Richie who? Is he a councillor? Ex Labor man I believe till he sold out to the big end of town.

Anonymous said...

What a disgusting debacle. Is there no decency left in this town?

Anonymous said...

If they are looking for chairs, Linda Cooper decided she liked the ones over the Botanical Gardens building so sent a removal truck and took them, so if you need a seat for a meeting or conference bring your own !

Anonymous said...

I have it on good authority that the union representing council workers who were sold for pieces of silver to Port Douglas are suing CRC for wrongful dismissal. Time will tell if my pidgeon is right!

Anonymous said...

Richie Bates...what a knob!

Anonymous said...

I'm told Richie Bates still works for the union part time. God help the workers who's rights he's defending

RobArt said...

Now we know why they called him screwdriver at the port authority

Anonymous said...

The screwdriver has more to do with the goings on at Manning's Pies which is bad enough! Never touched 'em after that.

Anonymous said...

I am a 'piece of rubbish' they have thrown to Douglas regardless if we fit in, they really DONT care. They have selected the group of long time employees who they say they have no need for. Why should Douglas be disadvantaged before they even start. Take responsibility CRC - Your Cost deal with it

shanghai said...

smith joyce brown and quinn sounds like an Londonderry ira cell all hatchet men doing a job on australia and good to see fatso hockey meddling in business and stopping takeovers pity he wont do anything about the miners but anyway why doesn't he buy the farm back if he feels so strongly about takeovers ?? no better still piss off our Asian neighbours that's better... hey

Anonymous said...

I'd prefer cheaper rates than have the youth engaged. Good riddence to the deadwood! Can they dump some more of then?

Anonymous said...

Bates is not a union man never was he has sold his ass to the LNP weak as piss he voted against the workers. Master bates and wan king sound like peas in a pod

ruby said...

The Queensland Boundaries Commissioner's Report which is online strongly recommended against de-amalgamation of the Douglas Shire on the grounds that it was "unsustainable". The report said "a de-amalgamation would result in an unwarranted financial burden on ratepayers."
Colin Meng the Boundaries Commissioner came to Cairns and said so himself. He clearly warned in The Cairns Post, "There are limited opportunities for many shared services arrangements between CRC and DSC." "De-amalgamation would likely effect a number of proposed projects and will result in a number of diseconomies of scale."
So what we had was the LNP using the de-amalgamation issue as an electioneering carrot. Then once in office, getting Colin Meng, the former LNP Mayor of Mackay a plum position as "Boundaries Commissioner", sending him on the road at taxpayers expense, to warn people like the Friends of Douglas Shire AGAINST de-amalgamation. Nobody listened to Meng, the referendum decided they wanted to de-amalgamate, now the first clod of shit has hit the fan. There will be plenty more.

Anonymous said...

yes it would be so much better having disengaged youth wandering the streets. the money you save in rates should help top up the insurance premiums from the increased break ins and vandalism to private property,

ruby said...

Just for the record, Cr. Richie Bates opposed de-amalgamation. I think it ridiculous to now try and sledge him with the sacked CRC employees. If Bates had his way they would all still be in secure jobs.

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

Anonymous 18:57 How are your rates supposed to decrease when this same Council has increased the number of General Managers and high-paid 'consultants' on the books? Wanna know how many low ranked employees one General Manager's salary could fund? How is increasing unemployment in Cairns supposed to help you? Do you think that makes a better society to live in or just means more local businesses going bankrupt, more crime in town etc. etc.

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

Anonymous 18:57, Look where your rates are going! Read the latest HBW blog and see your little mates handing out $300,000 to their business-buddies. You going to get as much value from the Developer getting richer as you -do- did from the Council employees who used to fill the pot-holes? Hope you own your own shovel because no one's going to do it for you now.

Anonymous said...


See Ruby, deamalgamation has nothing to do with it. You are either union or you are not (I've heard Richie Bates went to work on a strike day once!).

You can't join the Nazi Party to get ahead, support Hitler at every turn, then try to wash your hands of any Jew killing.

Richie Bates spruikes this council that hates unions/workers. Richie Bates has flees.

Anonymous said...

Ruby.....look up democracy. The people of Douglas DON'T want to be part of Cairns. Douglas was financially viable in 2008 so why not now? Stop spouting Labor claptrap. Jason O'Brien failed to listen and got the boot. Stick to telling us the Chinese will infect us all....

Disengaged youth. said...

kerri Jenkins - Now thats a big dose of karma.

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

Anonymous 18:42, actually half the people in Douglas were happy to be part of CRC the vote was close to 50/50. Besides, what people want, when based on false or incomplete information, is not always sensible or workable. You have a short memory if you believe Douglas was viable in 2008. Moot point though, this is all water under the bridge. Whether or not they make it on their own they have now been severely hamstrung by CRC's arsehole moves in the send-off.

Anonymous said...

Richie Bates had an ass? Did he have a permit? I thought he rode a bike.

Anonymous said...

manning and unity lnp bates lnp enought said

Anonymous said...

Ginger....there is no short memory, the figures were there for all to see. Please don't join the crowd that sees the world as if anyone who does not vote Labor is operating on 'false and incomplete information'. (and don't assume I love the LNP either).
The CRC is trying all sorts of nonsense in the handover I agree, and I think we will see more before it is over; old machinery, broken down systems and perhaps sabotage.
However Douglas has a great Mayor, and at least two of the four Councillors are also high quality; with one David Carey having done a lot of financial planning that demonstrates that Douglas can be viable.

Anonymous said...

Poor Pearl will go into full time depression….

Anonymous said...

Ginger
Fact 57.64% yes 42.36% no.
Hardly 50/50.
"half the people in Douglas were happy to be in CRC." is not reflected by the vote.
Ginger you are a liar and speak shit!

shanghai said...

I was having drinks at paddys last night with brownie and jokingly said why don't you just put toll booths at the airport entrance and snag everyone instead of just public transport and he said shanghai u cunning bastard ill do that ! sweet I love networking in in cans

ruby said...

The rants by certain "Anonymous" peoples in here are full of more antipathy towards Richie Bates than any real genuine feeling of disgust at council staff losing their jobs. Proof of the pudding is that their rancour is only directed at Bates and not the other Unity Team members who all voted for the job losses. How lucky those other Unity Team councillors are? They must be laughing and laughing and laughing seeing the only Labor person on the team copping it. And so it goes on.

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

Anonymous 7:10. I don't believe my comment about the viability of Douglas Council mentioned a political party. I don't believe I have favourably mentioned a political party once on this blog. My comment was related to the financial base to be gained by having so few rate-payers and had nothing to do with the party or quality of politicians past, present or future.

Anonymous 6:40. My maths may not be good but I would have said 4.3 people out of 10 could be rounded off to 'nearly half' as 5/10 is exactly half. Apologies that I was not more precise.

Anonymous said...

Ginger....sorry we assumed since you were saying the same thing many of our labor mates are, that you were one of them. If the financial base is too low, why was it ok in 2008? One reason is that Bligh pulled some council funding....but that is easy to fix.
Also if Douglas had been given decent representation (7 reps down to one stinks), and been allowed to keep things like the successful tourism levy, the vote might have been different.
AND it matters not that 4.3 out of 10 said no. If we stop doing stuff because 'nearly half' don't want it nothing will get done. Little enough happens now, lets not stuff it up further.

Mick of Mooroobool said...

Ruby, perhaps they are ranting through disappointment because they thought Richie Bates was the one with some moral fibre compared to the other faceless puppets who say nothing and have no presence as Unity members on this joke of a council.

Ginger TheRedHeeler said...

Anonymous 13:07. "lets not stuff it up further". I agree entirely. The choice has been made and Douglas will have to make a success of it. It just would have been nice if they could have started off with a fair split from CRC and not be already behind the eight-ball facing making massive payouts to Cairns' cast-offs.