The campaign is in response to Devon County Council’s recent public consultation on its proposals for the future of the library service which aim to create 22 ‘Devon Centres’ at the county’s busiest libraries and 28 ‘community-led’ smaller libraries.
Steve Ryles, UNISON Devon County Branch Secretary, said: “We are concerned that these proposals will mean library closures, cuts in opening hours and paid staff replaced by volunteers. This issue affects everyone – not just our members who stand to lose their jobs. Libraries are a vital public service, much-loved by both young and old alike. Once our libraries are gone, they’re gone for good so we’re looking to our members, their family, friends and colleagues, the general public, and the numerous library campaign groups across Devon to sign our e-petition and join us at the 8 October lobby in Exeter.”
UNISON is Britain’s biggest trade union, with members in the public services and the essential utilities.
UPDATE: THE OCTOBER 8TH LOBBY HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED. Your can read why here.