Unite pressure gets reprieve for fixed term library workers

Towards the end of September the City of Edinburgh Council was working on issuing 1 week’s notice of termination of contract to 39 library workers on fixed term contracts as a means of reducing costs whilst taking forward the plan to re-open some libraries early October.

Unite CEC branch found out about these proposals with only a few days to go before notices were to be issued. Calling it “an absolute disgrace” branch officials determined that, whilst legal, it would be “an outrage against common decency” were these workers (many of whom had been in the council and Unite several years) to lose their jobs and set to work.

After a flurry of emails, texts, phone calls, lobbying and speedily arranged zoom meetings the council was content to delay termination until January.

This is a temporary reprieve and those affected should contact a rep immediately.

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