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Striking library workers win support in Greenwich

by Rhys Williams
Issue No. 2301

Library workers at Greenwich council began a two-day strike on Friday of last week to defend their terms and conditions.

The council is transferring library services to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), a “charitable social enterprise”. The strike closed 11 out of 13 libraries in Greenwich. The two that were open only offered a limited service.

Workers were due to begin a second two-day strike on Monday of this week. But their Unite union suspended the action after GLL threatened legal action.

More than 25 strikers and supporters joined the picket line at Woolwich library on Friday of last week.

Solidarity delegations from other groups of workers at the council, Greenwich Community College and Greenwich and Bexley Trades Council joined strikers. Supporters handed over around £400 for the strike fund.

A demonstration has been called in support of the action for Saturday of this week. It will assemble at the Eltham centre, Eltham Library, Archery Road, Eltham. The march will move off at 12pm and march to Woolwich library.

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Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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