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Bromley Council workers strike against privatisation

Unite demonstration Saturday 23rd July

Libraries strike this week


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.


Late news: Len McCluskey to speak at Bromley demo

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.”


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. 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% 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.”


Bromley March Saturday 23 July

Unite March to save Jobs and services

Saturday 23rd July 2016

Assemble 11.00am

Norman Park, Hayes Lane, Bromley, BR2 9EF

Libraries, Schools, Jobs, Privatisation

£19 million cuts in 2016/17

Council tax up nearly 4%






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