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Melbourne CEO to shed workers

Almost 20 positions have been abolished in Melbourne's Catholic Education Office, with officials setting 5 September as a deadline to determine how many of these staff will be made redundant in the first job cuts of their kind since the 1930s.

The Melbourne CEO is Australia's largest, and one of the biggest education providers in Australia, with responsibility for 390 schools.

Director Susan Pascoe (pictured) said three people had been made redundant so far and attempts were being made to find jobs for another 16. She said 25 people could be affected by the restructuring.

Ms Pascoe described as mischievous and incorrectm rumours that up to a quarter of the 330 CEO staff would either be made redundant or have their jobs downgraded. Ms Pascoe said she received eight letters a day from Catholic schools seeking to make staff redundant as part of the normal ebb and flow of student numbers.

The cuts were part of a review into the way the CEO runs but the number of jobs lost have not yet been announced.

Herald-Sun sources said the job cuts have "rocked the organisation".

Victorian Independent Education Union general secretary Tony Keenan said he did not believe any more than 10 staff would be made redundant. He said the union had been forced to intervene in the process but that the full picture would not emerge until 5 September.


Catholic Education Office (Melbourne)
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