Last week the State Government released its Roadmap to Recovery which included an update to reopening plan for Libraries.
This plan provided significant clarification on the role that libraries will play in the recovery and confirmed that from Monday 14 September, libraries can operate book delivery and contactless collection services. This lift in restrictions presents opportunities for those staff who are working at reduced hours to be reemployed at their full hours.
In light of this update, the ASU had discussions earlier this week with CoPP and sought their intentions regarding reopening. CoPP has advised that they intend on reverting to the Stage 3 rosters as of the following Monday 21 September, and state that this delay is due to a volume of preparation that libraries are undertaking to ensure that safety procedures and cleaning regimes are in place before recommencing this.
Whilst we acknowledge that Health and Safety is paramount, CoPP has had already had a weeks’ notice to do this preparation and other Councils have used this time to be ready for reopening Monday. So why can’t CoPP?
CoPP has previously been capable of putting out rosters/procedural changes a day in advance, so we are very surprised by this update. The ASU will continue to have conversations with CoPP and will update members as soon as we know more.
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