Search

Strikes at Bromley libraries over “insulting” pay offer

PUBLISHED: 09:45 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:12 28 March 2018

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said Unite regret the inconvenience the strike will cause. Picture: Andy Barnes

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said Unite regret the inconvenience the strike will cause. Picture: Andy Barnes

Archant

Staff at all 14 of Bromley’s libraries will start an indefinite strike today (Wednesday, March 28) over a “paltry and insulting” pay offer, confirmed Unite, the country’s largest union.

The strike by the 36 workers comes after the breakdown of pay talks on Monday, March 26, between Unite and Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), which runs the library service on behalf of Bromley council.

The strike is the latest to hit the council following concerns over its outsourcing policies.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We began talks on a compromise based on the local government pay offer, which is only two per cent for most people, but with higher increases for some of the lower paid.

“However, the company yesterday confirmed it cannot commit to this formula.

“Therefore, having transferred out from local government in November 2017, our members are already being penalised and seeing their pay cut.

“We have submitted a Freedom of Information request to the council to discover the machinations and promises that have been made in the confidential transfer agreement for the libraries to GLL.”
Mr Kasab also stated that the strike would hit the running of the libraries, causing inconvenience for the public, which he said Unite regret.

He added: “GLL claims it is the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise and also claims to be a staff-owned trust.

“Yet the staff who supposedly own the company are told by the bosses that their pay will be eroded after less than six months of being taken over by GLL.”

A spokesman for GLL said: “It is most regrettable that after keeping dialogue with Unite open to the 11th hour, the union is continuing with plans for strike action.

“Unite represents under a quarter of library staff in Bromley and our priority is to maintain a ‘business as usual’ service – all Bromley libraries are open today.

“GLL is a worker-owned charitable social enterprise which puts the community and our staff at the heart of our public services. We have committed to pay London Living Wage in Bromley and to meet the 2% NJC headline rate.

“The union demands are not sustainable.”

GLL have also confirmed that all libraries will be open as usual this week.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bromley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bromley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bromley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest news

21 minutes ago

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Parents sporting ‘Say Yes To Bullers’ T-shirts packed into Bromley Civic Centre for the closing of a planning inquiry into a proposed school.

Wed, 07:00

There are three weeks left to donate to this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal and help to give families in need some happy memories around the festive period.

Tue, 08:54

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez in Anerley have charged a 23-year-old man with murder.

Tue, 07:00

Staff, pupils and parents from Bickley Park School are celebrating after winning an award for introducing a community initiative to help elderly residents.

Mon, 12:37

Detectives investigating the murder of Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, who was from Dagenham and fatally stabbed in Anerley, have made a fourth arrest.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24