Fight to keep Moray’s remaining Libraries given a running start

THE MORAY BRANCH of UNISON are to participate in the union’s SOS Day on Thursday, October 19 in support of public library services.

The Branch will set up a stall in the foyer at Elgin Library from 12noon until 2pm with branch officers available to chat to members of the public about the importance of library services – and defending it from further cuts.

Suzanne Wright, Moray UNISON Branch Secretary, told insideMORAY: “Library services are valued by their users, providing a vital resource, not only for books, but as meeting venues for local groups and clubs, access to IT facilities, as well as advice on general Council services.

“The branch libraries have a particular importance for those community members who, for a variety of reasons, would have difficulty in accessing the central library. It is essential that we continue to highlight the good work that all our public libraries do in contributing to having vibrant communities in Moray.

“As yet, we do not know what budget cuts may be proposed by the local authority over the next couple of years – however, we do know that previously the public library service has been a target.”

There was uproar when Moray Council proposed closing around half the library branches in Moray – including a legal challenge against the closures which did save several from being shut down.

Suzanne said: “UNISON’s SOS Day Campaign is a great opportunity for the union, employees and the general public to demonstrate how vital and valued are our libraries and that any further attempts to outsource or close services, or reduce opening hours will be resisted. “

Further information on the campaign can be accessed online.