Librarians won’t be hushed on equal pay

The Local Government Sector hosted 23 delegates from libraries around New Zealand (including two from the National Library) at a hui in Auckland on 1-2 September.

Libraries Hui in Auckland

Libraries Hui in Auckland

The korero was focused on an equal pay strategy to advance the case for library assistants to be valued.

Other issues discussed include industrial concerns like workloads, changes to hours of work, casualization and restructuring, with many delegates sharing their experiences.

A key aspect of the hui was a presentation by Louise LaHatte, president-elect of LIANZA (the professional body for library staff), based on the outcomes from a 2015 conference on the future of libraries.

Delegates also participated in the scoping of the Stand Together campaign, the PSA's strategy for the 2017 general election.

The outcome of the hui was unanimous endorsement for the establishment of a libraries panel to bring together delegates to oversee the PSA's work across libraries.