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Escalating library strikes can bring Lambeth Council bosses to book

Issue No. 2493

Unison union members on the picket line during a library strike in Lambeth

Unison union members on the picket line during a library strike in Lambeth (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Unison union has announced that it will consult its members working for Lambeth Council over a council-wide strike against library cuts.

The south London borough’s Labour-run council wants to close or run down ten libraries.

Library workers have already struck twice. The union is urging members to vote yes.

Huge local opposition has forced council leaders to consider an alternative plan that would keep all ten libraries open. But they may not accept it.

Under the council’s plans, some libraries will be padlocked on 5 April.

Campaigners have pledged to occupy if the council presses ahead. A “Don’t steal our libraries” march was set to take place this Saturday.

Escalating strikes can push back these attacks.

Workers reject pay insult

Unison union members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have rebuffed local government bosses’ paltry two-year pay deal.

They voted by 64 percent to reject in a consultative ballot.

For most workers it amounts to 1 percent a year.

Unite union members also voted by 87 percent in a consultative ballot to reject the deal. The GMB union is consulting its members into mid March.

The unions should move quickly to a strike ballot.

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