Socialist Worker

Library cuts revolt spreads throughout south London

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2514

Activists protest outside Waterloo Jobshop and library to stop book removals

Activists protest outside Waterloo Jobshop and library to stop book removals (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Library campaigners blocked roads and library entrances to prevent the books being removed from three of Lambeth’s closed libraries in south London last Saturday.

The action was part of a long-running campaign against the Labour-run council’s axing of library services.

Nursery children were turned away from Waterloo Library after the council closed it a day early.

When removal vans turned up to get rid of the books the campaign organised pickets to stop them.

Council bosses had to resort to sneaking around in the dead of night to remove the books on Sunday. But Lambeth is not the only council facing resistance.

Protesters block the removal

Protesters block the removal (Pic: Aiden Lawler)

Last week library workers in Lewisham, south east London, struck in defence of local libraries. The Unison union members oppose the Labour council’s plans to close four libraries.

Unite union struck against the Labour council’s closure of Greenwich’s mobile library service.And hundreds also marched through Bromley against Tory council library cuts (see page 18).

Unions should strike together and call on the new London mayor, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, to stand against cuts to library services across the capital.

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