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April 2011 – Written Question about the future of the Library service

by Nigel Bakhai on 5 April, 2011

Question

Please can the Portfolio Holder outline what consultation the Council has had with the trade unions in relation to the proposal to use volunteers to run libraries instead of professional librarians?

Answer

All staff have been briefed on the consultation and its contents, including the proposal to use Volunteers in the libraries. Senior managers also met with Trade Unions to specifically discuss the consultation process and the contents of the consultation. The results of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet in June / July. If any decisions are made arising from the consultation that have a direct impact on staff, then a formal consultation period with staff and Trade Unions will take place.

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