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Bromley library staff and care workers vote for action amid outsourcing chaos

PUBLISHED: 16:35 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 27 February 2018

Onay Kasabhas warned of strike action. Picture: Archant

Onay Kasabhas warned of strike action. Picture: Archant

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Unite, Britain's largest union, warned of possible strike action hitting services run for Bromley Council by two contractors today (Thursday, February 22), after staff overwhelmingly backed action in two separate strike ballots.

Of the Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL)staff eligible to vote, 87 per cent backed strike action following a dispute over staffing, pay and time off.

Meanwhile, care workers working for Certitude Support at the Astley day centre, on Magpie Hall Lane in Bromley, backed action by 70pc, in a dispute over pay, health and safety and union recognition.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “There have been continual problems since Bromley’s libraries were privatised and GLL took over from the council.

“Staffing is a major problem, with workers being shipped in from neighbouring boroughs owing to staff shortages.

“The last thing our members want to do is take strike action, but that is what they will be forced to do, unless bosses get around the negotiating table and address their concerns.”

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