BROMLEY council workers who are members of the giant union Unite last week urged local residents to join them in a mass rally against privatisation plans this Saturday 13th June at Norman Park, Bromley in south-east London.
The Conservative-run council’s mission to farm out most of its services to private companies, reducing the number of council employees from 4,000 to 300 is also being challenged by Unite members with a third wave of strikes.
With 14 of the council’s libraries among the services earmarked for privatisation, Bromley-based children’s author Sam Gayton said: “Libraries have given me so much – my imagination, my love of books, and my future career.
“I am so grateful to them, and so angry that they might be taken away from future generations. That is why I will be marching on Saturday 13th June. That is why I am standing up for Bromley public services."
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab, said: “Bromley council’s mission to shrink local services to vanishing point will be challenged every step of the way. We will not stand by and let Bromley council’s blinkered right-wing ideology destroy the services that generations of Bromley residents have depended on.
“We are urging Bromley residents to join the march on Saturday to support striking staff in their fight to stop the wholesale outsourcing of their services – the very future of their local services depends on it.”
In addition to the march, Unite members will be striking from 10th-20th June in a series of selective strikes. Unite members at adult services and transport workers will strike from 10th-15th June. Library staff will be on strike from 13th-20th June. Council workers will strike on 16th June.
Unite members voted by 87 per cent to take strike action in protest over the mass privatisation programme, cuts to pay and conditions and the withdrawal of facility time from the Unite trade union representative.