The leader of Britain’s biggest union Unite will be in Bromley this Saturday (23 July) to join the march against the cuts and privatisation to local services in the borough (see notes to editors).
Len McCluskey will warn the Tory-led council that Unite and the people of Bromley will not be silenced.
Unite 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.
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said: “Bromley council is failing the people of Bromley. I am proud that Unite is opposing the cuts.
“In Bromley alone, we have members who have taken over 30 days of strike action in defence of the services they provide. Just this week Unite members working in the libraries of Bromley stood up and fought back because they oppose plans to sack staff and cut library services.”
Len McCluskey will also put the council leader Stephen Carr on notice that the union will support Kath Smith the Unite representative who is being victimised for whistle-blowing.
“Bullying and victimising a grandmother, whose only crime has been to expose the threat to public services in her own community, is nothing short of a disgrace. Unite will stand with Kath – whatever it takes.
“Unite is proud to be supporting ‘Backing Bromley’ a new community group that has grown to fight Bromley council. Over 1,200 residents have raised placards in their gardens to show their support.
“Hundreds of calls have been made to the ‘hotline’ as residents clamour to report the failings of their own council. Backing Bromley and Unite are finalising a dossier of these failings which will be released in October.”
“Our message is clear - Unite will not be silenced, the people of Bromley will not be silenced.”
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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