Petition to Cllr Dick Walsh, Cllr Rory Colville, Cllr David Kinniburgh, Ellen Morton, Cllr Aileen Morton, Cllr James Robb, Cllr Gary Mulvaney, Cllr Vivien Dance, Cllr Robert G MacIntyre, Cllr Maurice corry, George Freeman, Cllr William Gordon Blair, Cllr Alex McNaughton, Cllr Bruce Marshall, Cllr Sandy Taylor, Cllr Douglas Philand, Cllr Donald MacMillan, Cllr Anne Horn, Cllr John McAlpine, Cllr Robin Currie, Cllr Donald Kelly, Cllr John Armour, Cllr Isobel Strong, Cllr Robert MacIntyre, Cllr Len Scoullar, Cllr Michael Breslin, Cllr James McQueen, Cllr Neil MacIntyre, Cllr Alistair MacDougall, Cllr Roddy McCuish, Cllr Mary-Jean Devon, Cllr Iain Stewart MacLean, Cllr Julie McKenzie, Cllr Elaine Robertson, Cllr Kieron Green, Cllr Richard Trail
Reinstate our school librarians in Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute Council’s budget cuts included the removal of librarians in secondary schools from the end of term, 30th June. A cut to qualified school librarians is a cut to all young people’s opportunities. School librarians provide support for independent learning in all areas of the curriculum. They help young people learn how to learn: skills those youngsters will need to be successful in any future education, job or career. They provide access to computers for many who do not have access to the internet at home. They help young people learn how to use information technology for learning. They provide a safe haven for youngsters with additional support needs, for example at breaks, lunch time and after school, by providing a place to socialise, to relax and to learn. Librarians give all young people a place to read, to daydream, to think creatively, to grow intellectually. They put the right book in the right child’s hands at the right time. On Mull, Tiree and Islay this budget option will have an even more devastating impact as young people will be left with limited access to public library facilities. The Council should not be compounding the challenges already faced by its remote rural communities. It should be promoting achievement, not putting stumbling blocks in its path. We, the undersigned, appeal to all 36 Argyll and Bute councillors to discard this option when considering budget choices. We call on them to reinstate our secondary school librarians.
Petition to Athol Trollip
Re-open public libraries in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturdays!
I grew up in a time before smartphones and wifi. During the 1980s I used to visit the public library and read books, comics and magazines. Some of my favourites were Asterix and Tintin. Getting a new copy of these books I was so excited I started reading them while walking home. This was also a time before Uber � One of the people who inspired me all along is my aunt, Mrs Elizabeth Muller, who retired in 2009 as the head of the Uitenhage Town Library. Since that time, all libraries in Nelson Mandela Bay are no longer open on Saturdays. The main reason is the local government refusing to pay overtime for the staff. It’s not clear whether libraries in the rest of South Africa are open on Saturdays. Anyway, we can all agree libraries are safe environments for children to learn, read and sometimes gain access to the Internet. When a library is closed, it prevents the local community from improving their literacy rates outside of schools. I believe the fact that libraries are closed on Saturdays violates the South African Bill of Rights, especially the right to Education. With such high crime and unemployment among our young people, can we can’t afford to keep libraries closed. They are the ideal environment for adults and children, to connect with each other. So I encourage you to join me in petitioning the Premier of the Eastern Cape, and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, to re-open public libraries on Saturdays! Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Steve Biko said, “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” BACKGROUND The Nelson Mandela Bay Library Service is made up of the 20 public libraries of the former City of Port Elizabeth, and the towns of Despatch and Uitenhage. Libraries are situated in Algoa Park, Allanridge, Booysen Park, Chatty, Despatch, Elukhanyisweni, Gelvandale, Kwadwesi, Kwamagxaki, Kwanobuhle, Linton Grange, the centre of town in Port Elizabeth (Main Library), Motherwell, Newton Park, North End, Walmer, West End, the Uitenhage town centre, and Zwide. In addition there are 3 modular libraries at Colchester, Kwazakhele and Kuyga which will open their doors to the public soon. A new library in Qeberga township, Walmer was opened in June 2017. All these libraries provide lending and reference books, and photocopy and faxing services. Specialised research facilities are also available. The Red Location Library is a digital library which has as its main objective documenting the history of apartheid in South Africa, with further information on colonialism and liberation struggles world wide. Although the library is not yet open to the public, a number of books on the topic are available on the e-Media Library via the metro website. The Africana Library housed within the Main Library building concentrates on the social and cultural history of the metro area in particular and the Eastern Cape in general. This library is currently closed for renovation. The contact numbers of the libraries are available under "Libraries" in the Services Directory on this website.
Petition to Tameside MBC
Increase Staffed Opening and Move Cultural Services to the Library & Cheetham Gallery
We the undersigned call upon Tameside MBC to increased the staffed opening hours permanently and during the transition period between libraries moving in Ashton to move cultural services and art exhibits to Stalybridge Library & Cheetham Art Gallery. Both of these can and will hugely impact on the future of our young people, their education and the heritage of our town.
Petition to Cllr Huw Thomas, Cllr Sarah Merry, Cllr Lynda Thorne
Save Our Library Books!
Reverse plans to slash the Book Fund for libraries in Cardiff Cardiff Council is proposing a £50,000 cut to the Book Fund for libraries to be voted for on 22nd February 2018. Slashing the annual budget for new books by almost two-thirds from £74,000 to £24,000 is a major assault on our library service. We demand all planned library cuts are immediately withdrawn. Libraries have to be replenished constantly, and fully, or they die. Once we shrug our shoulders at extensive cuts to the library book budget, so that only a few books can be bought, we are turning libraries into mediocre museums. Libraries are used by people of all social classes and all walks of life, but have always played an important role in working class self-education and emancipation. Libraries are essential to our continuing self-education as individuals. You can learn new things, for free, in libraries. It's incredibly cost effective if you want an educated public. Libraries are part of the welfare state. It is not the role of a Labour council to act as a conduit for the Tory Government’s “austerity” cuts which disproportionately hit the poorest and most vulnerable. Walking into a library and reading a book can open up whole new worlds. It is vital that the Book Fund is sustained in order to bring new titles into libraries in Cardiff. Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 once described an oppressive future, where a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. Is it time for councillors to question their task? Save our Library Books.
Petition to Libraries Unlimited
Libraries Unlimited Management should take the same average paycut as their staff
Libraries Unlimited are making savings by cutting pay to their least well-off staff. They have opted to remove enhanced pay for working unsociable hours, affecting 247 staff, with some staff losing more than 30% of their total pay. This change only affects those from Grades B - E (approx £7.20 - £10.20 p/hr) while those Grade F and above will take no share of this cut. Staff have been told: - That they are not permitted to talk to anyone outside the organisation about this removal of pay- That they are not eligible for voluntary redundancy- That the TUPE regulations they were told would protect their pay and conditions after leaving Devon County Council do not cover this change in contract- That those who do not sign the variation to their contract will be dismissed and re-engaged on the new conditions regardless The Senior Management Team have rejected suggestions about all staff taking a proportionate paycut. When asked whether senior staff would take a paycut as well, Ciara Eastell, CEO of Libraries Unlimited said she 'worked hard' and 'didn't think she deserved [one]'. Through this cut to frontline staff pay, the organisation will make savings of around £220,000 per annum. The Senior Management Team have offered to forgo a 1% payrise in April 2017 offering the organisation a saving of only £2,683. We propose that the Senior Management Team take a paycut proportionate to the average amount of salary lost by their staff through this proposal. What is Libraries Unlimited? Libraries Unlimited is the social enterprise contracted by Devon County Council to run Devon Libraries. How did they arrive at the decision to cut pay? At the beginning of November 2016, staff were informed of the proposal to remove enhanced pay for unsociable hours and a consultation period began on November 21. A series of meetings with staff across the county were held and an online questionnaire was circulated to all staff. The consultation period ended on January 20, findings were presented to the Board of Trustees and the final decision was announced to staff on February 9. How much will staff lose? 70% of the workforce will be affected with the average person losing £720 per year. Sixteen staff will lose more than 30% of their pay. Staff who work both Sundays and Saturdays will see their weekend pay drop by more than 50%. What else can I do to help? If you are based in Devon, ask at your local library for a feedback form. Let our senior staff know that you are unhappy with these changes. Retweet and share this petition with your friends and family. Where can I find more information on what's happenning? Devon Live previously ran an article on these cuts