Libraries roles cut
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 said it was consulting with staff as it looked to reallocate its resources to prepare for a digitally-focused future. Last week, Auckland Libraries confirmed it had accepted voluntary redundancy from 74 casual, part-time and fulltime staff.
In January, staff received documents on proposed changes to work conditions. They were given until mid-February to provide feedback.
Auckland Libraries manager Mirla Edmundson says letters were sent last Tuesday to the 104 staff who applied for voluntary redundancy to advise them of the outcome.
Edmundson says the 74 redundancies equates to 48 full-time equivalent staff in a department which 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 says a final outcome of the restructure is expected in early April.
‘‘The consultation process around voluntary redundancies is unfortunately likely to be just a precursor to more major changes,’’ he says.
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