Workers face redundancy in Ipswich organisation merger

WORKERS are facing redundancies at an Ipswich transport organisation following a merger decision to rescue the service from closure.

Increasing financial difficulty has forced Co-ordinating Organization for the Disabled in Ipswich Inc, known as CODI, to negotiate a new management deal with STAR Community Services in Redlands City.

The CODI board announced today it had signed the new agreement which will see management and operations of the service, used by thousands of people each year, handed over to STAR.

It means General Manager Pat Morgan's position is no longer needed and the 14 casual staff employed by CODI are facing redundancy.

The changes won't affect people relying on the service who will still be picked up by CODI vans and have access to the same services.

CODI and STAR have also agreed to use the rest of the year to explore a formal merger of the two organisations.  

In the meantime CODI will maintain its branding and all existing contracts.

In June CODI announced it was undergoing a review to consider how the "scope and scale of CODI services can be better aligned to the funding being provided".

The organisation relies almost entirely on government funding and the way the government allocates that funding is changing with the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  



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