Cutbacks in staff at libraries in Harrow are on their way, the Observer has learned.
Harrow Council transferred the overseeing of their libraries to an arms-length management company in September - John Laing Intergrated Services (JLIS).
However the following month the contract was then passed on to Carillion.
Harrow Council’s Independent Labour cabinet member for community and culture at the time Councillor Nizam Ismail said upon signing the contract with JLIS: “We’re delighted that we have managed to secure a positive future for our library service."
That future has resulted in the now-operator of the services, Carillion, looking to make redundancies which are being claimed to equate to 29 posts.
Tony Henderson of Carillion told the Observer: "The position at the moment is we are in a consultation period. There are discussions with staff and their trade unions and no decisions have been made yet."
The announcement has sparked outrage from local trade union representatives, who have claimed they were not adequately consulted.
A spokesman for Harrow Council said: "John Laing had already begun a review of staffing when the change to Carillion occurred – the arrival of Carillion has had no effect on the jobs review.
"The quality of the contract has remained unchanged and Harrow council sought guarantees on that during the changeover. Even if the libraries service had remained in-house, the financial climate would have meant Harrow Council having to review the staffing position."