22 petitions

Started 6 months 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
502 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

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.

SABSL: Supporters of Argyll and Bute School Libraries
2,284 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to North Lanarkshire Council, Jillian Ferrie

Save Newarthill Library!

I grew up in Newarthill.  The library, along with the shop and the post office, were the heart and hub of the village. The Library is where I hid when things were tough at home. I sat on the floor between the shelves where nobody else could see me and did my homework or devoured the latest Stephen King because I couldn't take it out with my green children's card. Here is where bullies wouldn't follow me, the book dust in the air was fatal to them, or maybe it was the librarian staring them down from over her specs. Here is where I found Narnia and Nimh and A Boy's Own Story. Here is where I found the words to start to make a different life for myself.  I am a writer now because of the books I read there and then. Newarthill Library may soon be the latest victim of austerity. When we close libraries we shut doors to the future, we slam them closed and chain them and put men with dogs in front of them. We say to kids like me: stay where you are, no further. I know my own story would have ended very differently without Newarthill Library.  It inspired and protected me. It's not just about social mobility and children, as if that wasn't enough.  The library was, and is, full of all kinds of people.  Increasingly, Newarthill is a village that's taking control of its own future--holding clean-ups and local events and rebuilding a community battered by austerity.  I hope you will join me in signing this petition.

damian barr
2,670 supporters