Bradford library and museum workers on strike over pay

Unite members working in libraries and museums in Bradford today begin the second of a two-day strike over cuts.

This strike will be followed by a three-day stoppage November 5, 6 and 7, a four-day strike between November 18 and 21 inclusively and a five day stoppage on December 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Demonstrations are planned for today at Keighley Library, 1 Albert Square, Keighley, BD21 2AT from 08:30 and Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley, BD20 6LQ from 11:30.

Unite has charted a decade of cuts to libraries and museums by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council – the latest £950,000 for the year starting April 2019 and a further £1,050,000 earmarked from April 2020.

Unite regional officer Mark Fieldhouse said: “It’s clear that Bradford council bosses have underestimated the strength of feeling and resolve of our members to stand up against corrosive cuts.

“I would like to thank the public for all their support. They know the importance of Bradford’s libraries and museums to the community and recognise that you cannot deliver a service that meets the community’s needs on a shoe string.

“Our members will not be cowed or silenced. We urge council bosses to reverse the damage they have already inflicted on the service and halt any further proposals, so we can discuss a sensible way forward.”

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