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March in Bromley takes the road in protest at council cuts and privatisation

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2514

Workers and their supporters rally in Bromley

Workers and their supporters rally in Bromley (Pic: Socialist Worker)


A 400-strong march of council workers and their supporters defied cops in Bromley, south east London, last Saturday by taking the road and blocking traffic.

The march followed a week of strikes against the Tory council pushing through mass privatisation and budget cuts.

Council bosses are also victimising Unite union branch secretary Kath Smith.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told marchers, “We’re here to make it clear that we will defend our services and our rep.”

Library workers held an eight-day strike.

Christina, a librarian, told Socialist Worker, “Even after a year we still get a lot of really positive support from people who use the libraries.

“They know what they have to lose.”

Unite members struck across the whole council on Wednesday of last week.

Striker Gill told Socialist Worker the council’s privatisation plan “makes no financial sense for the residents and is done at the cost of loyal staff.”

“Breaking up council services is a huge mistake,” she said.

The Department for Education could take over the council’s children services for failing—but its cuts will make the situation worse.

Karen, a school nurse, told Socialist Worker, “We’re just working a year’s notice before the service is decommissioned.

“After that there’ll be no school nurses in Bromley and they’ll have to try and rebuild children’s services without us.”

Library campaigns from other London boroughs joined the march.

They included striking Unite members from neighbouring Greenwich and Unison union members from Barnet in north London.

Thanks to Nathan Pettefar


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Tue 26 Jul 2016, 15:51 BST
Issue No. 2514
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