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A GROUP of labor and Independent Councillors at Liverpool City Council is concerned about the capacity of the Mayor Ned Mannoun to make decisions in the best interests of the community. The Mayor plans to push through unpopular, unproven, and potentially disastrous staff cuts, including sacking the popular and effective CEO John Ajaka, to fund the construction of a $50M pool in the electorate of Holsworthy, currently held by the Mayor's wife Tina Ayyad, the group says. “This is just another example of the Mayor making increasingly erratic decisions that just don’t stack up,” says Councillor Charishma Kaliyanda. In addition to potentially cutting 150 staff to fund the project which would see service to ratepayers drop, the Mayor is trying to push out current Liverpool City Council CEO John Ajaka, the group says.  “Liverpool is a growing LGA, we need a Council that grows with it, to provide the services the community expects. The recruitment landscape is already difficult, Council needs to be attracting and retaining staff to suggest job cuts at this time is frankly bizarre” Councillor Dr Betty Green said.
The groups is made up of Councillor Charishma Kaliyanda, Councillor Dr Betty Green and Councillor Peter Harle.


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