Unite members in Bradford libraries and museums take action over cuts

Unite members working for Bradford’s 14 museums and libraries are halfway through a three-day strike over cuts.

The union says council bosses are taking ‘a pickaxe’ to the educational and social opportunities the city’s institution.

Unite regional officer Mark Martin said: “Our members are showing magnificent solidarity as they hold their second wave of strike action against the swingeing cuts to the libraries and museums’ service. They have been buoyed up by the strong support shown by the public.

“The council has to be stopped in its tracks as it wields a pickaxe to the service which offers so much in educational and social terms to the people of Bradford.

“We are today seeking assurances from the council that it is not strike breaking by using temporary workers on zero hours contracts to undermine our members who are taking legitimate industrial action to protect a much valued service.”

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

A four day strike is planned between 18 and 21 November inclusively and a five day stoppage on 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 December.

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