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Strike plan to save libraries as Lambeth campaign looks to target Labour

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2495

Unofficial strike by library workers against cuts in Lambeth in November 2015

Unofficial strike by library workers against cuts in Lambeth in November 2015 (Pic: Socialist Wroker)


Library workers in Lambeth, south London, were set to strike on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

The Labour-run council is facing fierce opposition to plans to close libraries and turn some into gyms.

Campaigners met last week, bringing together groups around the borough’s ten libraries, to debate how to stop the closures. Sit-ins are possible before locks are put on the doors of libraries on 1 April.

The Unison union branch is consulting its whole council membership this week to strike in defence of libraries—it’s the first council-wide ballot over a local issue in over a decade.

Labour councillors have dug their heels in despite a lack of public support.

On Monday the campaign will deliver a 10,000-strong petition to the cabinet meeting telling them to think again.

Activists pledged to up the ante against Labour and target its candidates for the May elections, including mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan, to say, “Labour—don’t steal our libraries.”

Unison’s leaders should vocally and publicly back its Lambeth branch striking to defend local services and help build pressure to beat back Labour’s cuts package.

Send solidarity messages to jrogers@lambeth.gov.uk 

Send donations payable to Lambeth Unison c/o Unison, 1st floor, International House, Canterbury Crescent, London, SW9 7QE.

For more on the campaign defendthe10-lambeth.org.uk


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