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Workers continue strike over council cuts

PUBLISHED: 10:47 08 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:47 08 April 2015

Striking workers in Bromley

Striking workers in Bromley

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Staff at Bromley Council on two-day strike

Staff at Bromley Council are continuing their two-day strike over cuts to services and pay today.

The council’s transport service for older people and people with learning disabilities is not running today, and the day centres for people with learning disabilities in Astley, Cotmandene and Kentwood are closed.

However, all the libraries are expected to remain open today, with the exception of Bromley Central Library. Some libraries may be closed at lunchtime.

Some 87 per cent of staff belonging to Unite, the country’s largest union, voted in favour of the action, which began yesterday. Libraries, parks and adult services staff are striking at different times.

More than a thousand people have registered their opposition to the council’s plans to outsource its libraries and replace qualified staff with volunteers.

Unite’s regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: “Unite is drawing a line in the sand against privatisation and austerity in local government.

“Council services should be for the public good – not a cash cow for the private companies benefiting from lucrative outsourcing contracts.

“The people of Bromley do not want services privatised, as shown by our library survey.”

A Bromley Council spokesman said: “The council is doing everything in its power to minimise any adverse impact on critical services and inform people, where possible, of service changes that affect them directly.”

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