Libraries across the borough of Bromley face another wave of strike action starting this Saturday (16 July), followed by an all-out strike across all council services on 20 July. Workers are taking action against cuts and privatisation.
Workers at Bromley’s libraries will be on strike from 16 to 23 July and there will be a council wide strike for 24 hours on 20 July. On Saturday 23 July there will be a march in Bromley against the cuts and privatisation (see notes to editors). The union is also calling for an end to the Tory- controlled council’s attempts to privatise all local authority services.
Unite’s members voted by 87 per cent to take strike action in protest against this mass privatisation programme and cuts to pay and conditions. Many council workers have already taken over 30 days of strike action in this long running dispute which began last year.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Council workers are standing up for local services which are under attack like never before. Bromley want to privatise all council services across the borough.
“Unite’s campaign to defend public services has massive support from the local community and on Saturday 23 July there will be a march through Bromley to protest against the council’s demolition job.
“Many workers have already taken over 30 days of action and they intend to keep up the fight. Bromley council must now realise that the workforce backed by Unite are not going to give up until justice is done.”
The council intends to hand six community libraries over to organisations using volunteers instead of paid, professional staff. The other libraries will be handed to a profit making private company. The tendering process has already begun.
Adult services and the parks service have already been privatised. The council has also privatised learning disabilities services by handing the service to another private company, Certitude.
For further information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey
The march against cuts and privatisation in Bromley is on Saturday 23 July. The march will assemble at Norman Park, Hayes lane, Bromley BR2 9EF at 11.00am