Most Local Authorities have already re-opened their libraries in a COVID-secure manner. In Sandwell this is only just beginning to take place. Whilst the safety first approach is welcomed by UNISON, staff working in the library service now want all libraries to re-open.
In a survey of UNISON members working in Sandwell’s Library service, 97% want all libraries to re-open in a COVID secure manner.
Every Library in Sandwell survived 10 years of austerity. The Labour Council, together with staff working with fewer colleagues, are to be congratulated for achieving this. After protecting Sandwell’s library service for 10 year, it would be a tragedy if every library did not survive the pandemic.