What: Bromley residents to march for public services
When: Saturday 23 July 2016 at 11.00 am
Where: Norman Park, Hayes lane, Bromley BR2 9EF
This Saturday (23 July 2016) people who care about their local public services will take to the streets of Bromley to call on the Tory-led council to stop the cuts and privatisation.
Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has organised the march to send a message to council leaders that the people of Bromley oppose the cuts and the sell-off of libraries, schools, services for the elderly and the disabled.
Bromley’s public services are under an unprecedented attack under plans to privatise all local services, leaving a core staff of just 300 to monitor the contracts.
Libraries across the borough of Bromley faced another week long wave of strike action which started last Saturday (16 July), and an all-out strike across all council services on 20 July. Unite’s members voted by 87 per cent to take strike action. Many council workers have already taken over 30 days of strike action in this long running dispute over cuts and privatisation which began last year.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Council services in Bromley are under attack like never before. This coming Saturday the people of Bromley will send a message to their councillors that they oppose the cuts and the sell-offs that have been forced on local services.
“Council workers have joined forces with the people of Bromley against the council’s demolition job. The message is loud and clear - the workforce, backed by Unite and the people of Bromley are not going to give up the fight to stop the cuts and privatisation.”
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