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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, No. 1, March 1, 1976

Reorganisation Needed

Reorganisation Needed

Steve emphasised his belief that 'the number of people in the office was in excess of that required to do the job' and because the association's wage and salary bills were too high, there would need to be some reorganisation. This could possibly have been done by maintaining the staff at three while at the same time reorganising the office duties and responsibilities so that efficiency was increased.

But unfortunately before any of these ideas could be implemented the matter came to a head when Mrs Goodall hired (without executive approval) a full-time telephonist at $90 a week.

Although, in this matter, she had greatly exceeded both her financial and administrative responsibilities, this incident did not seem to be the main point at issue. The executive voted unanimously on a motion that read:

"As there is no need for a fourth fulltime staff member in the Studass Office, and as VUWSA cannot afford this expenditure, that no appointment be made"

Drawing of a scarecrow being eaten by birds

quickly clearing the matter up by employing the fourth staff member, the telephonist, only for the duration of the first term.

Why, if this matter was tidied up with everyone's consent, did they proceed on with the motion to dismiss Mrs Goodall? What were the options open to them in solving what they saw to be quite a serious problem?