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Restructure threatens jobs at Mornington Peninsula libraries

Jobs at Mornington Peninsula shire libraries in Victoria are under threat due to a proposed restructure, reports the Mornington Peninsula News.

Australian Services Union organiser Prescilla Schwalger said seven senior librarians had been offered voluntary redundancies, while the roles of up to 20 library officers are under threat. Schwalger said fewer staff will be expected to take on more responsibilities, and that staff made redundant could apply for nine new positions.

‘In its basic format it looks as though the council is trying to get fewer staff to provide the same level of service,’ Schwalger said. ‘It has been a shock to everyone that this has happened. Some changes are positive but there’s not been enough consultation between management and those doing the actual jobs.’

Shire CEO Carl Cowie said there would ‘be no reduction in any of the current hours or types of services’ from a library user’s point of view.

The libraries affected include Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings, Somerville and mobile libraries.


Category: Library news