GLL will be staffing Carnegie Library in a clear breach of policy. UNISON is advising our members not to work there until the issue is resolved
Lambeth Council have stated publicly that GLL will be running Carnegie library when Lambeth staff are not available (all but 2hrs per day).
It is Unison’s opinion that this is a breach of the TUPE regulations covering the transfer of work during outsourcing.
Unison isn’t aware of any Health and Safety assessments having taken place in relation to working at the library and we are advising staff not to work at Carnegie library until we have seen appropriate Risk Assessment. Unison is not aware of any Child Protection/Vulnerable Adult arrangements being put in place and would like to see details of the Child Protection (and Vulnerable Adult) responsibilities and named parties. There also aren’t any toilets there!
UNISON IS ADVISING STAFF NOT TO WORK AT CARNEGIE LIBRARY UNTIL THEIR WORKING CONDITIONS CAN BE GUARENTEED AS SAFE.
In relation to GLL staff at Carnegie, Unison requested details of the amount of hours they would be working, how many staff would be working, and who is paying for it.
Unison requested details of what duties they would be performing.
The response was that they would be expected to do the following: Concierge, security of the library area, manage incidents between the public, direct people to information, shelving, forwarding of enquiries, complaints and comments. Unison stated that we would be seeking legal advice on this basis as it is clearly a breach of TUPE legislation as you cannot make people redundant and give their work to another contractor without the staff being offered a transfer to that contractor under their current terms and conditions.