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Bromley workers to strike again over council cuts

PUBLISHED: 15:13 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:20 20 April 2015

Striking workers in Bromley

Striking workers in Bromley

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Series of walkouts over three weeks

WORKERS in Bromley are to strike again over council cuts – and it’s far more prolonged this time.

The series of walkouts will start next Monday and continue for three weeks until Tuesday, May 19.

Workers already went on strike for two days earlier this month over cuts to pay and services.

Unite, the union behind the strikes, accused the council of wanting to privatise services.

Regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The previous two days of strike action led to libraries and day centres closing and the transport services for older people and people with learning disabilities not running.

“While this was inconvenient to local people, the bigger picture is that if a stand is not made now against privatisation, there will be a gradual deterioration in what people have been used to expect from their council, leaving just a skeleton of services.”

Library staff will strike from Monday to Thursday next week, park staff will strike on Tuesday, May 5, and staff from the Astley Centre and the passenger transport services will strike from Wednesday, May 13 until Monday, May 18.

All the union’s branch members, except school staff, will also walk out on Friday, May 1, Thursday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 19.

Some 87 per cent of Unite’s members voted in favour of the strike.

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