Bromley library workers enter third month of strike action

Bromley library workers entering their third month of strike action are today protesting outside Crystal Palace sports centre.

The Unite members are taking action against their controversial employer social enterprise leisure services’ giant Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL). Four other protests are planned for later in the month. Details are below.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The determination and fortitude of our members to defend the library service in Bromley should be applauded by everyone.

“They have been steadfast since starting indefinite strike action on 6 June. This is one of the longest running periods of continuous strike action of recent times – and we are now entering the tenth week.

“That is 10 weeks of strike action against an employer which claims to be ‘worker-led’.

“We have heard from library users that the staff GLL drafted in to attempt to break the strike simply do not know what they are doing. Members of the public are now refusing to use Bromley libraries in acts of solidarity with the strikers.

“We have had a constructive meeting with GLL to discuss our main priority – staffing. During the consultation before the contract was handed to GLL, Bromley’s Tory councillors were quoted that there would be no loss of professional staff. We are now awaiting staffing proposals from GLL which we expect to reflect this commitment.

“Our campaign will continue to highlight to the public, including GLL’s partners, exactly why we are on strike.

“That is why our protests will include a demonstration outside the offices of SportsAid, whose patron is the Duchess of Cambridge.”

Unite has also called for a boycott of GLL’s money-spinning leisure centres across the capital. GLL has contracts with 16 London boroughs to run leisure centres and/or libraries.

Unite is seeking a six per cent increase in basic pay from April 2019 for its hundreds of  members working for GLL in more than 140 leisure centres and libraries in 16 London boroughs, as well as in Belfast.

The London boroughs with GLL contracts are: Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Lambeth, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

The demonstrations, outlined below, are all at GLL-run sites, except the one at SportsAid.

  • 14 August – 10.00 to 12.00 – Crystal Palace sports centre, Ledrington Road, SE19 2BB
  • 19 August – 12.00 to 14.00 – SportsAid, 21 Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 3HF
  • 21 August – 10.00 to 11.00 – Islington tennis club, Market Road, N7 9PC, which will be followed by a protest at Sobell leisure centre, Hornsey Road, Islington N7 7NY between 14.00 -15.00
  • 27 August – 10.00 to 12.00 – Sutcliffe Park, Kidbrooke Park Road, Eltham SE9 5LW.


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