Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Nat Library Want Better Relationship With Minister

National Library Staff Want A Better Relationship With New Minister

National Library staff - `cynical, frustrated and disheartened' over their organisation's restructuring - are hopeful the new Minister, Hon Marie Hasler will act "more responsibly in analysing the Library's `strategic plan' and listen to the views of staff and outside concerned groups."

Staff say the job cuts - at a time when their workload has dramatically increased - have gone too far.

Wellington library staff say the consultation on the strategic plan was poorly communicated and managed. They believe management deliberately obscured the full impact of the plan from them and the public.

A recent meeting of PSA members in Wellington questioned the leadership of the CEO, Chris Blake. The majority of staff feel he failed as an advocate for the library.

In particular, Blake's statement to the parliamentary select committee, when he claimed there was "no case to be made for more funding" was in contradiction to previous claims the drastic cuts were solely driven by a lack of money.

Blake's failure to defend staff - when they were attacked by the then Minister, Nick Smith who reportedly said library staff were `technophobic'- also caused dismay. His only response was the Minister had been misrepresented and his remarks taken out of context.

Smith's only public visit to the library, when launching a new computer system late last month, saw him accuse staff of a `bunker' mentality.

For these reasons the appointment of a new Minister has been greeted with relief. Library staff look forward to a better relationship with their new Minister and hope to meet with her soon.

ENDS...

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election