Tweed Mayor says jobs safe
FEARS among local library staff that their jobs are under threat following a takeover of libraries by Lismore City Council tomorrow are unfounded, according to Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase.
Cr Polglase has moved to dampen concern over the takeover, which councillors earlier this year approved after being told the current joint-council arrangement which has lasted three decades was illegal.
His comments followed a warning by former chairman of the Richmond Tweed Regional Library network Max Boyd, who was also a member of the library committee for 28 years, that the positions of more than 100 staff in the service had been in limbo while the takeover is rushed through.
Yesterday Tweed area librarian Joanne Carmody, based at Murwillumbah library, was reluctant to comment but did confirm staff had felt uneasy.
“There has been uncertainty. We are a bit nervous about what's going on,” Ms Carmody said.
“It has created a bit of an atmosphere of ‘what's going on?'”
Mr Boyd, a former long-serving Tweed mayor, had warned the outgoing joint library service mmarrangement had operated successfully despite being technically illegal under current NSW legislation, and the change “is going to tear it apart”.
He said the Lismore takeover would return the library service to the “almost basket case that existed” just before he joined the committee in 1973.
He said Lismore City Council had not given staff any clear indication as to what their positions would be, if their pay would be affected and “whether they in fact have a job or not”.
Cr Polglase however said Mr Boyd was unnecessarily alarming employees of Tweed's libraries at Murwil- lumbah, Kingscliff and Tweed Heads, and his information was “totally incorrect”.
“Max Boyd should have requested more information from those who know,” Cr Polglase said. “It's just a change in management techniques.
“What we are doing is buying services off the Lismore City Council model. We can't see any issue with staff at all.
“The service is running okay.”