LEN McCLUSKEY, the general secretary of the union Unite, led a march of around 600 protesters – residents and council employees – in Bromley, south London, against the privatisation of council services on Saturday 23rd July.
The protest, which started from Norman Park, came after a series of strikes by council staff last week. Members of the union voted by 87 per cent to take strike action in protest against what they describe as a “mass privatisation programme” and “cuts to pay and conditions”.
McCluskey accused the council of failing Bromley’s residents and said he is proud that Unite is opposing the cuts: “In Bromley alone, we have members who have taken over 30 days of strike action in defence of the services they provide.
“Just this week Unite members working in the libraries of Bromley stood up and fought back because they oppose plans to sack staff and cut library services.
“Unite is proud to be supporting Backing Bromley a new community group that has grown to fight Bromley council.”