All-out strike of council services planned for this week
PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:35 18 July 2016
A workers union claims "workers are taking action against cuts and privatisation"
Bromley library workers started seven days of strike action on Saturday.
From July 16, libraries will face the latest wave of strike action, with the workers’ union Unite claiming “workers are taking action against cuts and privatisation”.
All council services are planning an all-out strike on Wednesday, July 10
Regional officer at the union Onay Kasab said: “Council workers are standing up for local services which are under attack like never before.
“Bromley want to privatise all council services across the borough.
“Unite’s campaign to defend public services has massive support from the local community and on Saturday there will be a march through Bromley to protest against the council’s demolition job.
“Many workers have already taken over 30 days of action and they intend to keep up the fight.
“Bromley council must now realise that the workforce backed by Unite are not going to give up until justice is done.”
A council spokesperson said: “The council’s commitment to work with and commission a range of providers to provide services for residents is undiminished. As a matter of fact, the Council has successfully worked with companies and other providers for a number of decades, which has demonstrably provided sound value to council taxpayers.
“We continue to examine every service and cost pressure to find the most effective and efficient ways to deliver services which focus on those who need them most. Every service delivery option is considered to ensure we continue to provide the best value for money for Bromley taxpayers as the council has done for many years.
“We regret that further industrial action is being considered when previous strikes were supported by fewer than four per cent of our workforce. “In light of this, the council believes the union should respect the workforce and the interests of Bromley residents by putting an immediate end to this proposed strike action.
“Again, we would like to reassure residents that the council will do everything in its power to minimise any adverse impact on critical services should the strike action continue.”