Union fights to save library

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Staffing changes will make the book shelving mess worse and degrade other services to students and academics.

More than 200 staff and students rallied outside Fisher Library at Sydney University on August 13 to protest proposed cuts to the university's library system. The cuts will involve closures and staff redundancies.

"If the university gets its way all four libraries will lose their staff and collections. Two will become little more than post-grad only PC labs," the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) said.

There will be "322 less library seating spaces for undergraduate students; 140 library staff redundancies. Staffing changes will make the book shelving mess worse and degrade other services to students and academics”.

Speakers at the rally included Michael Thomson, from the National Tertiary Education Union; author David Malouf; journalist Bob Ellis; Eleanor Morley, Students Representative Council Education Officer; and Grant Wheeler, from the CPSU.

Staff marched to the vice-chancellor's office to present their demands.

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