Li­brary staff need to reap­ply for jobs


More than 700 Auck­land Li­braries staff will have to reap­ply for their jobs in an or­gan­i­sa­tion-wide re­struc­ture.

Auck­land Li­braries held a me­dia con­fer­ence on Mon­day out­lin­ing a re­struc­ture aimed to pre­pare for a dig­i­tally fo­cused fu­ture through its ‘‘Fit for the Fu­ture’’ pro­gramme.

Auck­land Coun­cil runs 55 li­braries in the re­gion, em­ploy­ing 965 staff at the last count in April 2016. Auck­land Li­braries gen­eral man­ager Mirla Ed­mund­son said about 80 per cent of staff would need to reap­ply for their jobs.

The new li­braries struc­ture would em­ploy 926 per­ma­nent full­time and part-time staff.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Dean Kimp­ton said the re­struc­ture would re­duce costs by $1.8 mil­lion per year.

In March, Auck­land Li­braries ac­cepted vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy from 74 ca­sual, part-time and full time staff.

It was con­firmed in Oc­to­ber that there were no plans to close any of the li­braries.

The Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion - the union rep­re­sent­ing li­brary staff - said the re­struc­ture has been hugely dis­rup­tive for staff and it would be a chal­lenge to main­tain ex­ist­ing ser­vices.

Staff may be feel­ing re­lieved to have more clar­ity, but many would still be nervous about what it meant for them, na­tional secretary Glenn Bar­clay said.

‘‘The vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy process means no-one will forcibly lose their job, but some­one

‘‘The vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy means no-one will forcibly lose their job.’’

Glenn Bar­clay

whose job has changed sub­stan­tially may not want to do it [any more],’’ Bar­clay says.

Li­brary staff would now work across a lo­cal board area rather than a sin­gle li­brary, so staff would have to carry ex­tra petrol costs, he said.

The union had made some gains, such as get­ting the largest Rod­ney area split into two ar­eas for staff cov­er­age.

Li­braries staff also faced more week­end work, as the re­struc­ture aimed to have more staff work­ing when most peo­ple were visiting li­braries.

Some who are full-time now, may be of­fered 32-hour con­tracts, and the union will be mon­i­tor­ing im­pacts on staff, he said.

Ed­mund­son said changes would in­clude bet­ter re­sourced dig­i­tal, on­line and tele­phone ser­vices and an ex­panded mo­bile ser­vice that reaches more so­cially and ge­o­graph­i­cally iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties.


A pro­tes­tor stand­ing out­side the coun­cil meet­ing.

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