Save Devon Libraries lobby – 8 October 2014
UNISON Devon County Branch was proposing to lobby Devon County Council when its Cabinet meets on 8 October to discuss recommendations on the future of the library service.
As you may recall, UNISON could not be certain of the exact nature of the recommendations until the Cabinet meeting but we suspected cuts, closures and job losses were highly likely.
However, the situation has now changed following the Council announcement on 25 September that it has revised its original plans – which initially proposed to replace paid staff with volunteers.
Its new proposals, which go to the Cabinet on 8 October, now contain no job losses, no library closures and no erosion of current working practices. This is positive news for our members – the paid, professional staff who work in the library service.
Following the Council’s announcement on its new proposals, the Branch has decided it is not appropriate to go ahead with the lobby as our members’ interests are not, at this point, compromised.
However, rest assured that we’ll be keeping a close eye on how things develop in order to protect our members and ensure the library service is secure for future generations.
The Branch would like to thank all our members and library campaign groups that have supported the Save Devon Libraries campaign. We should take heart that our efforts to shine a spotlight on this issue have played a part in the Council’s decision to revise its original plan and listen to the people of Devon. It just goes to show that if you shout loud enough there are times when the powers that be do sit up and take notice!
We’d like to take this opportunity to reiterate how much we value your membership.
Yours in solidarity
UNISON Devon County Branch