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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.

Ramon Thomas
287 supporters
Decision maker responded 3 months ago

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.

Cardiff People's Assembly
486 supporters
Started 1 year ago

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  

Libraries Staff
533 supporters