51 library jobs are being axed at Wolverhampton libraries

Fifty-one jobs will be lost in Wolverhampton’s library service, it emerged today, under moves to save £1.7 million.

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Some compulsory redundancies will be ‘inevitable’, council chiefs have confirmed.

It comes just days ahead of opening times at 13 libraries in the city being slashed from 656 hours per week to 421 hours.

The total number of staff working in the city’s library service will drop from 138 to 87 under the changes.

Paul Brown, spokesman for Wolverhampton City Council, today said: “A total of 34 members of staff have either opted for voluntary redundancy or have chosen compulsory redundancy because it offered more favourable terms.

“Of the remaining posts which will be deleted, a number have been held vacant since the restructure was announced, and while it is inevitable that there will have to be some compulsory redundancies, the council is working hard to minimise the number of these as far as possible.”

Self-service machines are also due to be installed at all 16 city libraries, allowing library users to take out and return their own books. Machines are already in place in some city libraries – including Wednesfield, Blakenhall and Tettenhall – but will be in all the city’s libraries by the end of the year.

James Macfarlane, spokesman for the Save Wolverhampton Libraries campaign, said: “In reducing the opening hours, it will affect the most basic and finest community service we have.” He added the introduction of self-service machines showed a ‘total ignorance’ of what librarians do.

Previously, 34 of the 138 library jobs were full time but under the new structure, there will be 12 full time roles and the rest part time. The new opening hours will come into force on Monday.

Comments for: "51 library jobs are being axed at Wolverhampton libraries"

EyePad

This is excellent news!

Hit those people who like to read and obtain information or study. Or those who have to search for jobs as part of the Govt demands to keep Job Seekers Allowance. If you can not seek, you can not find!

Hence you get nowhere

BUT

All you people affected and disgusted at these cuts, make a stand and tell your MP enough is enough!

The Govt cuts are the cause and Wolverhampton's demise is the effect.

Get in touch with Mr Uppal and tell him, wherever he is, that he is out of office next time in 2015.

Ask him if he will like being made into a non-worker. He could be that already, I do not know

Tell him

Do it, Do it now and until 2015, so he and the rest of the Tory toffs get the message

Get on a roll all you readers.

We, the people, can Make a Difference - we will with your help!

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Ivor

This latest Labour attack on the working classes is appalling. how low can Labour get?

Will they sack a single well paid manager NO

Will they stop spending on political jokes NO

Will they accept they have failed NO

Labour Sack 51 librarians who do excellent community work for a pittance and at the same time fund a team go on a all expenses jolly to India and spend £millions on a new Kremlin

Labour doesn’t care one jot about the workers, down on George Orwell's Animal Farm