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STAFF COMMISSION FAVOURS OPEN COMPETITION FOR POSTS

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Chief executive and chief officer posts in new councils created by reorganisation should be filled by open competit...
Chief executive and chief officer posts in new councils created by reorganisation should be filled by open competition, says a Staff Commission consultation paper issued this week.

The paper outlines the commission's thinking on how different groups of staff should be treated in reorganisation and defines those who should be covered by automatic transfer, by prior consideration or open recruitment.

It proposes all manual and craft workers should transfer automatically to the successor authority covering their ordinary place of work. Teachers, library staff, housing officers on estates, staff of social services centres and hostels, and environmental health officers are among the white collar groups proposed as suitable for automatic transfer.

Also covered would be administrative and managerial staff solely employed in supporting or managing staff suitable for automatic transfer. The Association of District Councils said this week the categories proposed for automatic transfer may be too rigid. Successors may want to reorganise services and jobs might change or disappear, said assistant secretary Rob Pinkham.
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