Socialist Worker

Strike planned for libraries in Barnet

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2507

Barnet council workers on strike in 2012

Barnet council workers on strike in 2012 (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Barnet council library workers in north London were set to strike for three days from Monday of next week against the Tory council’s plans to outsource the library service.

The Unison union members are fighting 47 percent cuts to library posts. Staffed hours at libraries are to be cut by 70 percent. This will mean for most of the time libraries are open under 15 year olds unac-companied by an adult will not be able to use libraries.

Barnet Unison library convenor Hugh Jordan said, “Our members are angry at proposals which look to sack half of them and then outsource them to another employer. Every day we hear of another library closing due to cuts, handing over the service to volunteers or outsourcing.

“There needs to be a national response to the systemic destruction of the national library service.”

There are other battles going on in London to defend libraries, at both Labour and Tory councils. Unison should coordinate those fights and bring workers out together.

Send solidarity messages to Helen.Davies@barnetunison.org.uk

Join the picket lines

  • Monday 13 June, Mill Hill Library (Hartley Avenue, Mill Hill, London NW7 2HX) from 8.30am
  • Tuesday 14 June, North Finchley (Ravensdale Ave, North Finchley N12 9HP) from 8.30am followed by a demonstration outside Barnet House 12-1pm
  • Wednesday 15 June, Chipping Barnet Library (3 Stapylton Road, Barnet, EN5 4QT) from 8.30am

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