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Southampton strike to save libraries and jobs

by Kate Swindells, Southampton library Unison steward
Issue No. 2219

Southampton library workers were set to strike on Wednesday of this week against the closure of libraries and using volunteers to replace staff.

A walkout, the fourth in the campaign, is set to begin at 12noon.

It will be followed by a demo outside the civic office as councillors arrive for a meeting.

Unison union officials will hand over a petition of 5,000 signatures and also plan to speak to councillors.

Staff also plan to be in the public galllery during the council meeting.

The industrial action began in June this year with a one-day strike.

Staff are determined to fight the council’s plans to force the Tories’ “big society” onto the library service.

An online petition has been set up at Messages of support can be sent to Michelle Doe at

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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