9 Jun 2014

Council staff get restructuring plan

9:17 pm on 9 June 2014

Hundreds of planning staff at the Auckland Council have been given their first outline of a major restructure, but there is no clear sign of the extent of changes.

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The staff met for about 90 minutes on Monday afternoon to hear the outcome of the Chief Planning Officer's review.

Most declined to speak to Radio New Zealand News after the meeting, but several said there were no indications of significant staffing cuts.

The plan to reform the council's large planning and policy division, affecting 500 staff, remains confidential and will be finalised during the next month.

The Auckland Council and the Public Service Association are not making any comment on the proposal, which will be negotiated with staff over the next month.

The review follows the end of a major plan-writing phase since the amalgamated council was formed nearly four years ago.

The council's chief executive has spoken publicly about how some of the savings from the review might be spent.