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State Library workers ramp up industrial action

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The Public Service Association says it is ramping up industrial action in a bid to save 20 full-time jobs at the State Library.

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PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin said workers have adopted new work bans and were prepared to escalate industrial action in a bid to prevent the State Government cuts.

Kitchin said 20 full-time librarian, administrative, supervisor and management positions were under threat.

“These planned job cuts come on the back of 12 people losing their jobs in a State Library restructure last year, and any further cuts will leave the State Library greatly under-resourced,” said Kitchin.

“At a time when the State’s unemployment rate has risen to 6.8 per cent, now isn’t the time to let more jobs go.

“Arts Minister Jack Snelling has failed to consult or reassure the community that the State Library has a sustainable future, and library workers’ jobs are safe.

“If these job cuts go ahead, the South Australian community and future generations will be directly impacted, including lengthy delays in servicing and vital assistance in tracking down family history records.”

The State Library currently employs 115 full-time staff.

South Australian MPs were given a tour of the institution this morning.

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