Bromley residents are being urged to take a stand against the mass privatisation of their local council services at the People and Services First march on 13 June, assembling at 12 noon at Norman Park.
WHEN: Saturday 13 June 2015, 12 noon
WHERE: Norman Park, Bromley Common, Bromley, BR2 9EL
The Conservative-run council’s mission to farm out most of its services to private companies, reducing the number of council employees from 4,000 to 300 is also being challenged by Unite members with a third wave of strikes.
With 14 of the council’s libraries among the services earmarked for privatisation, Bromley-based children’s author Sam Gayton said: “Libraries have given me so much – my imagination, my love of books, and my future career.
“I am so grateful to them, and so angry that they might be taken away from future generations. That is why I will be marching on Saturday 13 June. That is why I am standing up for Bromley public services."
Unite regional officer Onay Kasnab, said: “Bromley council’s mission to shrink local services to vanishing point will be challenged every step of the way. We will not stand by and let Bromley council’s blinkered right-wing ideology destroy the services that generations of Bromley residents have depended on.
“We are urging Bromley residents to join the march on Saturday to support striking staff in their fight to stop the wholesale outsourcing of their services – the very future of their local services depends on it.”
In addition to the march, Unite members will be striking from 10-20 June in a series of selective strikes. Unite members at adult services and transport workers will strike from 10-15 June. Library staff will be on strike from 13-20 June. Council workers will strike on 16 June.
Unite members voted by 87 per cent to take strike action in protest over the mass privatisation programme, cuts to pay and conditions and the withdrawal of facility time from the Unite trade union representative.
For more information please contact, Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146777
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
Note to editors:
The dispute comes against the backdrop of a Fair Deal For Local Government campaign by Unite’s London and Eastern region which has almost 300,000 members. The campaign is aimed against privatisation and austerity in local government. T
he campaign is a set of proposals that Unite is putting to councils in the region. It is a procurement strategy to ensure that quality services are maintained and that there is no ‘race to the bottom’ for pay and conditions post any transfer.