Fifty jobs may go as Glasgow libraries cut £2.4m

Fifty jobs may go as Glasgow libraries cut £2.4m

More than 50 jobs may be lost at Glasgow's libraries after £2.4m worth of cuts have to be made.

The Evening Times has reported that the leaders of Glasgow Life, the organisation that manages Glasgow libraries on behalf of Glasgow City Council, have said that consultation with workers and trade unions has started.

Altogether 51 management and supervisory posts are set to be cut, although all job losses will be achieved through early retirement or voluntary redundancy, officials have said.

Glasgow Life, which needs to save up to £2.4m by 2018, is working to avoid compulsory redundancies, with bosses stressing there will be “no impact on frontline services and no closures planned."

The organisation has 2,800 staff with 750 working across libraries, learning and communities. The new structure will see the libraries, learning and communities teams become a single unit.

A Glasgow Life spokesman told the Evening Times: “The integration of these teams will help us focus on protecting our frontline services, while working to achieve the savings we have to make.

“A consultation process has started and we will work with trade unions and affected staff as we move toward the new service structure.”

Glasgow Life manages 32 libraries and has almost 30 community facilities and four public halls.