Auck­land Li­braries cuts 74 jobs


More than 70 Auck­land Li­braries staff will lose their jobs in what is a pre­cur­sor to more ma­jor changes, a pub­lic ser­vice union says.

In Oc­to­ber the Auck­land Coun­cil run or­gan­i­sa­tion an­nounced it was con­sult­ing with staff as it looked to re­al­lo­cate its re­sources to pre­pare for a dig­i­tally fo­cused fu­ture.

On Wed­nes­day Auck­land Li­braries con­firmed it had ac­cepted vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy from 74 ca­sual, part-time and full time staff.

In to­tal it re­ceived 104 vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy ap­pli­ca­tions.

On Jan­uary 25 staff re­ceived doc­u­ments on pro­posed changes to work con­di­tions. Staff were given un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary to pro­vide feed­back.

Auck­land Li­braries man­ager Mirla Ed­mund­son said let­ters were sent on Tues­day to the 104 staff who ap­plied for vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy to ad­vise them of the out­come of their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ed­mund­son said the 74 re­dun­dan­cies equated to 48 full time equiv­a­lent staff in a depart­ment which cur­rently has 767 full time roles across the re­gion.

Staff will be leav­ing their roles between now and June 30.

Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional sec­re­tary Glenn Bar­clay said the fi­nal out­come of the re­struc­ture was ex­pected in early April.

‘‘The con­sul­ta­tion process around vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies is un­for­tu­nately likely to be just a pre­cur­sor to more ma­jor changes,’’ Bar­clay said.

‘‘It’s dis­tress­ing that so many staff have ac­cepted vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies, and is per­haps in­dica­tive of the ex­tent and im­pact of the coun­cil’s over­all re­struc­tur­ing plans, which we are yet to fully see,’’ Bar­clay said.

‘‘We recog­nise that li­braries are chang­ing given the rise of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, and that the role of li­brar­i­ans is chang­ing with them.

‘‘How­ever, they ar­guably now serve an even more im­por­tant role in fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­cess to the dig­i­tal world and act­ing as cul- tu­ral hubs within the wider com­mu­nity.’’

Ed­mund­son said Auck­land Li­braries was pro­gress­ing with its Fit for the Fu­ture pro­gramme de­signed to en­sure that it re­sponded to the chang­ing needs of cus­tomers, and made bet­ter use of re­sources across the re­gion.

Auck­land Coun­cil runs 55 li­braries in the re­gion em­ploy­ing about 1000 peo­ple.


The re­struc­ture has been brew­ing since Oc­to­ber last year.

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