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Lobby over Lambeth library cuts

Issue No. 2480

Marching in Lambeth earlier this month

Marching in Lambeth earlier this month (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Around 200 library campaigners joined a lobby of a Lambeth council scrutiny committee meeting on Tuesday of last week.

The Labour-run council in south London is trying to push through plans to close or run down ten libraries.

Tim O’Dell, Unison union shop steward for libraries, spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity. He said, “We were pushing for rejection, but the councillors accepted a modified version of the proposals.

“It’s still boosted people—the vote shows that we’re winning the arguments.”

The council will now have to look at alternatives to its preferred “social enterprise” outsourcing model.

The lobby followed a 500-strong demonstration on Saturday of last week.

Tim added, “We’re now organising for another mass lobby of the full council meeting this Wednesday.”

Workers also want to take action.

They are waiting for Unison to sanction an official ballot.

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Tue 17 Nov 2015, 17:55 GMT
Issue No. 2480
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