Library workers and their supporters in Hackney, east London, picketed last Saturday against the New Labour council's strike-busting manoeuvres. Library strikes have happened every Saturday for a year, since the council withdrew extra payments for working at the weekend. It is trying to reopen three libraries on Saturdays using specially employed staff.
Incredibly, the regional Unison union officials had failed to follow the legal requirements to make the strike official on Saturday. So staff were left confused and divided.
It is important that there are big pickets at the three libraries this Saturday, which is supposed to be an official strike.
Picket this Saturday, 18 January, from 8.30am at the Technology and Learning Centre, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington libraries.