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Rotorua Aquatic Centre staff transition to CLM

Rotorua Aquatic Centre staff transition to CLM
December 11, 2017

Rotorua Lakes Council has advised that the majority of the staff team at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre now have options for employment with new facility manager Community Leisure Management.

Rotorua Lakes Council Sport and Recreation Manager Rob Pitkethley advised "when Council made the decision last month to partner with CLM they were very clear they wanted us to ensure that we looked after staff, and that we did all that we could to provide new employment and/or redeployment opportunities.

"We’ve been working hard with the staff, their union and CLM to achieve this while also negotiating the partnership contract. There have been some very tough conversations, as would be expected when implementing a change like this.

“However we’ve seen a hugely positive response and commitment from CLM to our staff and as a result now have firm options of employment, with CLM, for 36 of the 38 permanent staff, at the same pay and on similar conditions."

All 28 lifeguards and swim tutors have also received job options with CLM.

As of last Friday (8th December), eight of the 10 remaining staff - duty managers, supervisors, administration and front-of-house staff - also have firm options for employment with CLM.

Pitkethley advised “we’re committed to continuing to work with CLM and the remaining two staff members to see what options may exist for them. We’re also continuing negotiations with all parties to finalise terms and conditions for the CLM roles which have already been offered.

"We expect some staff will ultimately opt for voluntary redundancy - a few have already indicated they wish to do that - but we’re very pleased the majority have the opportunity for continued roles at the centre with CLM.

“Like CLM, we believe continuity of service is important and value the skills, experience and local knowledge of our existing staff.

"We are disappointed about inaccurate information that has been circulated publicly but we continue to work through this process in good faith. Our focus has been on finding the best possible outcome for all 38 staff at the centre and we’re very pleased with the positive response from CLM."

All staff now have time to consider their options and make a decision. They will be retained on the Council payroll until the end of January next year when the change in management is expected to take effect.

Pitkethley added "CLM is a very experienced pool operator with an outstanding record of working with the communities it operates in.

"They will improve and extend the service offered by the Aquatic Centre, will save the Council up to $700,000 every year and through this changeover process are also demonstrating the potential to be an excellent employer."

Councils are required, under Section 17a of the New Zealand Local Government Act, to review services at least every six years to ensure ongoing efficiency and effectiveness of services. The Rotorua Aquatic Centre review included looking at current management of the facility and consideration of alternative management options. The review included interviews with staff at the centre.

Opened in 1975, Rotorua Aquatic Centre attracts around 350,000 visits per year.

CLM has also recently been successful in winning a Nelson City Council aquatic and recreation facility management contract. 

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