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Municipal workers welcome library week 2013

Municipal workers welcome library week 2013

SAMWU

SAMWU PRESS STATEMENT

19 March 2013

The South African Municipal Workers Union welcomes Library Week 2013; to be held during the week that includes March 20th.

As the Largest Local Government Union we commend our members in libraries across the country for driving this campaign and ensuring that they entrench the value of libraries in all corners of the country. 

We agree with SACP General Secretary and Minister of Higher Education comrade Blade Nzimande when he says a skilled and educated working class is indispensable; its bargaining power multiplies leaps and bounds. 

It is also no accident that one of the first projects undertaken by progressive democratic governments when democracy is introduced is a firm commitment to tackle the scourge of illiteracy. The ability to read and write is a fundamental prerequisite for a democratic society where citizens must be empowered to engage with the documents that are used to determine policies and the way forward.  Sadly in South Africa, many wise commentators have noted the absence of a vibrant reading culture in our society, and how this has left many poor communities disempowered and frustrated. In this sense, the role of libraries cannot be underestimated. They not only contribute to building a reading culture, but in also providing support for all learners, of whatever age, to be an engaged and empowered member of our society. This is as essential for our fledgling democracy as it ever was. Government at all levels have a profound responsibility to make sure that our libraries are properly resourced, and are able to out-reach work to those communities who most need the services that our libraries provide.

The purpose of Library Week is to celebrate the countries intellectual and literary heritage, it markets library services to all, highlights the role and value of libraries and promotes the right to freedom of access.

As a Union we would like to take this opportunity to encourage Local Government to direct adequate amounts of resources towards libraries. So that libraries are well stocked and are able to educate a nation from one with cheap labour to one with skilled labour. 

Also visit www.liasa.org.za for more

For comment contact SAMWU's National Media and Publicity Officer Tahir Sema on 0114922835or 0829403403



Contact LIASA:

Tel: +27 (0) 12 328 2010
or +27 (0) 12 323 4912
Fax: +27 (0) 12 323 1033
Email: liasa@liasa.org.za


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