JOB numbers should remain the same at the Grafton Roads and Maritime Services department despite a number of roles being abolished this week.
The Daily Examiner received reports from inside RMS that a number of full-time positions had been axed under a restructure of the department.
An RMS spokesman said new positions had been created in their place - but just how many remains a mystery.
"Roads and Maritime Services is undergoing significant organisational reform aimed at improving service delivery and increasing cost efficiencies," the RMS spokesman said.
"Changes have been progressively implemented to streamline operations and provide increased customer services.
"The reforms will impact on roles across the organisation including some regional areas. While the number of positions will largely remain the same, there will be changes to some roles.
The Daily Examiner did ask RMS for specific numbers of jobs that were being abolished and new positions being created, however no numbers were given in the initial RMS response.
After follow-up questions, again asking for specific numbers, The Daily Examiner received the following reply:
"Services in the Clarence area will be maintained to ensure there is no negative impact on regional employment. Roads and Maritime will continue to consult with staff and unions about reform proposals, with details to be finalised in coming months."
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said he was told by the NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay that the number of RMS jobs in the region would stay the same.
"I have been assured that the quantum numbers won't change in the region," he said.
"I'll certainly be reviewing the restructure once it has taken place."
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