Library talks underway


Talks on issues affecting library services and staff resumed in the Workplace Relations Commission this week. IMPACT had raised qualifications, staffing levels and staffless libraries in the discussions, which broke down during the summer because of disagreement over non-professional grade V posts.

Local government employers have given a commitment not to open any new staffless libraries while the talks are in progress.

Meanwhile, IMPACT has sought a renewed engagement with the Local Government Management Agency, which represents employers, over psychometric testing. The union wants discussions on the development of a comprehensive protocol on on-line testing, which would focus on numeracy and literacy.