Socialist Worker

Library campaigners take fight to Lewisham council

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2518

Lewisham library

Lewisham library (Pic:

Around 80 campaigners protested in Lewisham, south east London, last Saturday against the Labour council’s cuts to the library service.

Library worker Caroline told the rally that experienced workers had been made redundant or had their hours drastically cut in the past few weeks.

She said, “We’re going to be left with just three libraries for the whole borough.”

Austerity has seen 343 libraries closed across Britain, a quarter of staff cut, book stocks and opening hours slashed.

Now campaigners have teamed up with unions to organise a national demonstration for libraries, museums and galleries on Saturday 5 November.

It is supported by the PCS and Unite unions and Barnet Unison branch in north London.

Every library campaign and trade union branch should back the demo.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged his full support.

Tom is a library campaigner in Lambeth, south London. He urged people to mobilise for the national demo.

“If we don’t join together to raise our voice at a national level then our rulers won’t know we’ve had enough of their cuts,” he said.

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