No renewals for temporary contract workers

2017-06-08 06:00
Johnny Hayward.

Johnny Hayward.

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FURORE has broken out on social media about the non-renewal of a much-loved Law Enforcement Officer, Johnny Hayward’s, contract.

It is believed that Hayward has a signed contract from the Kouga Municipality, sta-ting that he is no longer a contract worker, but a permanent employee. Despite having photo evidence of this contract, the municipality denies that there is such a contract.

The matter appeared in the Humansdorp Court yesterday.

Residents, who are of the opinion that Hayward is the best Law Enforcement official ever to be appointed, now threaten to organise a legal protest, demanding the reinstatement of Hayward.

According to one disgruntled resident, Hayward used his own vehicle to perform his duties as an officer of the law. She continues to say that he was the only official that was always willing to assist - no matter what time of day or night.

“Hayward is one of several good employees whose temporary employment contracts with the municipality were not renewed when their contracts expired,” says Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen. “The municipality regrets that we were unable to renew their contracts.

“Unfortunately, it was unavoidable in terms of the law and Council’s efforts to cut back on staff costs so as to make more funding available for actual service delivery and infrastructure improvements.”

According to Van Lingen, the municipal staff structure (organogram), which they inherited after the 2016 election, is bloated, with an alarming portion of the municipality’s income going towards staff costs.

“In order to address this, we have been reviewing the organogram and staff budget,” says Van Lingen.

“The first step was to make provision for permanent staff, whose employment is protected by labour legislation. Once this exercise was completed, we were able to determine how much funding would be available for new appointments.”

A number of critical vacancies, including law enforcement officers, were then identified in line with the available funding and included in the reviewed organogram.

Once the new organogram has been adopted by Council, they will be able to advertise and fill these critical vacancies.

“Aligning the organogram to fit the needs of the institution will be a key focus area of the new Municipal Manager. A work place study and a skills audit will also form part of this process,” says Van Lingen.

“We would, therefore, like to assure residents that we are aware of the good work done by many of our temporary employees and that every effort will be made – within the law and municipal budget - to ensure that these services continue.”

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