Li­braries roles cut

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

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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