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Protest backs strike against Bromley council privatisation

by Nathan Pettefar
Issue No. 2458

Marchers in Bromley last Saturday

Marchers in Bromley last Saturday (Pic: Lewisham SWP)

Around 300 striking council workers and supporters marched in Bromley, Kent, last Saturday. 

The Tory council is pushing a mass privatisation scheme similar to that in Barnet, north London, that will see staffing levels cut from 4,000 down to 300.

Workers in the Unite union have struck repeatedly over the past six weeks, with more strikes set to take place this week.

There was an electric mood, and banners from unions and trades councils across London.

Council transport worker Tina said, “It’s great to be part of a network of solidarity, and to cause a bit of chaos. I don’t think many people know what the council is doing, but the support from the public has been great.” 

Unite branch secretary Kathy Smith addressed the crowd. She said, “The support for this is everywhere, from trade unions, residents, members of the community and service users. But we now have to be confident in ourselves to win this.”

Paula Peters of Disabled People Against Cuts spoke in support of the strikers at the housing summit last Saturday.

“We’ve linked arms, laid down in the road, and sang anti-austerity songs together,” she said. “I’m proud to support the Bromley Unite workers.”

The meeting raised £200 for the strike fund.

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