100% strike tunrout of Unite members in Greenwich Libr...

100% strike tunrout of Unite members in Greenwich Library Service

17 October 2014

Every one of our members in the library service in Greenwich went out on strike on Tuesday 14th October.

Onay Kasab, regional officer, reported, "Unite have 86 members out of just over 100 staff. Out of 12 libraries in the borough, only two were able to open and this was only through senior managers, including the Head of Service, taking on front line duties as well as Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) who have the contract in Greenwich, drafting in staff from Wandsworth where they also have the library contract. 

The dispute is about staffing - there are at least 12 unfilled posts and GLL are proposing to cut more. In addition, GLL are refusing to commit to pay any eventual NJC award to TUPE staff transferred over from the Council. 

Despite our members being threatened by thuggish behaviour from contractors that the company had hired in to help run the service, our members were excellent, engaging with the public and winning great support for Unite.

The next stages are a work to rule which began on the 15th, further strike dates will be identified and a lobby of the full council meeting on 5th November, to demand that the Council take action. 

Councillors are being kept up to date through emails and we are looking to arrange a meeting with them asap - the campaign will be making clear to Councillors that they have a responsibility to take action, as legally GLL are running the libraries on the Councils behalf."