Con­cerns within li­braries

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Auck­land Li­braries staff have voiced ‘‘con­sid­er­able con­cerns’’ about pos­si­ble job losses in a pro­posed re­struc­ture, a pub­lic ser­vice union says.

On Jan­uary 25 Auck­land Li­braries staff re­ceived doc­u­ments from their em­ployer Auck­land Coun­cil con­tain­ing pro­posed changes to their work con­di­tions.

Auck­land Coun­cil runs 55 li­braries in the re­gion em­ploy­ing 1009 peo­ple in­clud­ing part time and ca­sual staff.

An Auck­land Li­braries spokesper­son said the con­sul­ta­tion closed on Fe­bru­ary 13 and was now be­ing as­sessed.

‘‘We are ex­pect­ing to com­mu­ni­cate the fi­nal shape of the pro­gramme to staff late next month. Un­til that time, we are not in a po­si­tion to say how many roles will be af­fected.

‘‘As per our agree­ment with the PSA (Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion), we are of­fer­ing staff the op­tion to ap­ply for vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy.’’

PSA na­tional sec­re­tary Glenn Bar­clay said it had re­ceived more than 400 sub­mis­sions from mem­bers on the pro­posed changes.

The PSA is a demo­cratic union that rep­re­sents more than 62,000 mem­bers work­ing in cen­tral and lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

‘‘We have given this feed­back to Auck­land Coun­cil and they have yet to re­lease their fi­nal de­ci­sions. Our mem­bers have voiced con­sid­er­able con­cerns about the ex­tent of the changes pro­posed and pos­si­ble job losses,’’ Bar­clay said.

The PSA is un­sure how many staff will be made re­dun­dant, he said.

‘‘The PSA is still work­ing with the coun­cil and we hope they will be re­spon­sive to the is­sues our mem­bers have raised.’’

Bar­clay said the PSA had some con­cerns with how the re­struc­ture had been man­aged.

‘‘We will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for our mem­bers’ in­ter­ests and en­sure the process is fair.’’

In Oc­to­ber Auck­land Li­braries gen­eral man­ager Mirla Ed­mund­son said that the li­brary’s ‘‘Fit for the Fu­ture’’ pro­gramme was look­ing at ways to re­al­lo­cate its re­sources. ‘‘One of our chal­lenges is we need to re­spond to the chang­ing ways our cus­tomers use it.’’

On Jan­uary 27 Bar­clay said the PSA was also con­cerned about re­duced fund­ing and the prospect of job losses at the li­braries.

JOHN HAWKINS/FAIRFAX NZ

An Auck­land Li­braries re­struc­ture could af­fect hun­dreds of staff across the city.

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