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Walkouts called to fight south London library cuts

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Issue 2489
Workers and supporters picketing in Lambeth
Workers and supporters picketing in Lambeth (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Library workers in two south London boroughs were set to strike on Monday of next week to defend local library services.

The action comes in the same week as a national lobby of parliament over the axing of library services by local councils implementing Tory austerity.

Unison union members in Lambeth are fighting the Labour-run council’s plan to close some of the borough’s ten libraries, turn others into gyms and cut the overall service.

Local opposition has caused a major rift within the Labour Party.

Labour group leader, councillor Lib Peck, suffered a humiliating defeat at a local constituency party meeting last week.

Delegates to the meeting voted by two thirds to oppose the council plan.

Campaigners have called on supporters to join library workers on the picket lines next week.

In Bromley, Unite union members were set to strike from this Saturday for a week to defend local libraries from the privatising Tory-run council.

Workers at the council have waged numerous battles over the past year against ideologically driven privatisation.

Unite members in Greenwich also voted by 90 percent for strikes last week to save the mobile library service.

It’s possible they could join the strikes to defend libraries.

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