HONIARA City Council is set to undertake a mass redundancy exercise that will see many of its workers lose their jobs.
City mayor Alfrence Fatai told the Solomon Star his executive approved the exercise recently.
“The measure is aimed at getting rid of workers who are no longer productive to the council,” Mr Fatai said.
He said the council has a big workforce, but their output was proven to be below par.
“The executive has realised that the level of work output does not correlate to the existing workforce.
“The output was in fact below par.”
He could not say how many workers will be affected, only pointing out that all divisions within the council will see some of their staff go.
“The number of people to go from each division will be determined by each department head.
“This exercise will be implemented during the course of this year so that by the beginning of 2016, we should be left with a highly productive workforce.”
Mr Fatai added the future of those that reached retirement age will also be considered.
Other issues to be considered along-side the exercise are lack of discipline, attitude to work, dress code and work performance.
“This is not a discrimination exercise but one that will ensure a productive, efficient and effective workforce that delivers the goods to the people of Honiara.
“Thus, the council is determined to see the exercise implemented this year.”
Mr Fatai said the people of Honiara deserve a council that is effective and one that rise to public expectations.
“This is why we decided to implement this exercise, not only to increase productivity, but also save costs.
“I call on everyone in Honiara to support the exercise.
“Together we can help build Honiara a better place for all.”
By BRADFORD THEONOMI