ABC staff have received an email from Managing Director, David Anderson, asking staff to volunteer for redundancies with more than 200 jobs now forecast to go.
The budget cut of $84 million is expected to make severe cuts and Anderson has confirmed that he will outline the response to the looming shortfall by the end of the month, telling staff, “The budget gap of $41 million per annum means that despite our best efforts some of our services will be affected and, regrettably, there will be redundancies.
“As we finalise those change proposals, we have decided to provide employees in divisions where it is anticipated that more than 10 redundancies will be required with an opportunity to express an interest in redundancy.”
Mr Anderson had originally planned to present a five year plan to staff in March, but deferred the announcement as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and took the opportunity to thank them for their work.
“This has been an arduous year already for all of us and I’m conscious of how many of you must be feeling right now given the uncertainty across our industry and the broader economy,” he said.
“The work of all of you throughout the challenges we have faced together this year has been outstanding and your patience and professionalism are, as always, greatly appreciated.”