Libraries shut over salaries

Hendrick Mphande

LIBRARIES in Nelson Mandela Bay have been closed to members of the public following a dispute about the regrading of salaries. Although staff members at the 23 libraries in the metro report for duty every day, they refuse to open until their demands are met.

Yesterday, disgruntled staff members said the municipality was regraded about 15 years ago. However, library staff were excluded from the process because their previous bosses did not submit their documentation to the human resources department.

The process to rectify the error has been moving at a snail’s pace and had met resistance from municipal bosses.

The lowest-income employee allegedly earns between R2000 and R3000 a month.

Reggie Quza, who spoke on behalf of library employees, said they were not happy to close public libraries, but this was the only way to get the message across to their municipal bosses.

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