Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/685/12773

From The Socialist newspaper, 14 September 2011

Save Surrey libraries!

Paul Couchman, Surrey County Unison branch secretary (personal capacity)

Surrey County Council has threatened that another nine libraries will close if their local communities do not step forward and take them over with volunteers. There were originally eleven libraries threatened and now there are 19, with one taken off the list.

Library users, friends and action groups have all come together - alongside Unison and the Women's Institute - to set up the Surrey Libraries Action Movement (SLAM) to stop every library closure and redundancy or redeployment.

Representatives of almost all the threatened libraries have been active in the campaign. We held a successful lobby of the council in July with over 100 people.

All the threatened libraries have the lowest number of borrowers as they service mainly small, rural communities. But these are not just buildings with rows of books - they are social hubs, community and youth centres, parents and children's centres. If they were to close there would be nothing similar in most of these villages.

SLAM and all its affiliates will fight hard to mobilise the widest layer of people, linking with the trade unions, to defend having paid staff in every library.

Many of the library friends groups are also collecting volunteers as they are worried about losing their libraries. They do not want to go down this road but would rather have the back-up position if forced into a corner.

We have organised a day of action on 1 October with local library activities in the morning, and a Surrey-wide rally outside Woking library at 2pm. We will also be lobbying the full council meeting on 11 October, 11am at County Hall in Kingston. SLAM's e-petition already has the highest number of signatories of any current petition.

See www.savesurreylibraries.org

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 14 September 2011:


Socialist Party features

We need a programme of action to fight back!

Austerity policies strangle growth


Socialist Party youth and students

Pampered politicians plan education massacre... STOP THEM!

Low pay and the housing crisis

Youth must join pensions struggle

EMA cuts: doors close on our future

Cuts hit young people hard in Hastings


Stop attacks on pensions

Hands off our pensions!

NHS pensions - Pay more, work longer and get less!


Socialist Party workplace news

Bombardier

Support Wyndeham workers

No to pay cuts in Carmarthenshire

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

How can the national rights of Palestinians be achieved?


Socialist Party news and analysis

NSSN calls on TUC to open the floodgates of mass action

Nationalise the banking system!

Childcare costs push parents into hardship

Save our NHS

Fast news


Socialist Party review

Power and terror


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Save Surrey libraries!

Bristol: Labour's short-lived valour

Hundreds march against Dale Farm evictions

May Day protest case goes to Strasbourg


 

Facebook   Twitter

Home   |   The Socialist 14 September 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Surrey:

triangleThem & Us

triangleWhy I joined: "The same values that I believed"

triangleFight to save 1,550 finance jobs in Surrey

triangleStaines: Corbynmania - how do we keep up the momentum?

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Libraries:

triangleLibrary lie

triangleOver 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

triangleLibrary assistants strike against unviable shift patterns

triangleLibrary occupation ends with march on cutting council

Library:

triangleWorkers and campaigners fight to save library

triangleSouth London NSSN: South London fights back!

triangleLibrary occupied in 'siege' against Blairite cutters

Council:

triangleBFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"

triangle148,000 households faced risk of eviction

Unison:

triangleUnison local government conference 2016

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/7/16

Manchester

Manchester & Trafford Socialist Party: 1926 General Strike - 100 years on

25/6/16

EU

June - July meetings on the EU referendum result

24/6/16

Union

NUT members vote 91.7% for strike

24/6/16

TUSC

TUSC press release: EU referendum

24/6/16

National Museum of Wales

National Museum workers accept deal

24/6/16

National Museum of Wales

National Museum workers accept deal

23/6/16

Sheffield

Sheffield UCU strikers run alternative open day

22/6/16

LGBT

LGBT liberation and socialism

22/6/16

Refugees

Convoy to Calais: Outrageous blocking of aid for refugees

22/6/16

BFAWU

Reinstate sacked Samworth Brothers union activist

22/6/16

RMT

Southern conductors back on the picket lines

22/6/16

Unison

Unison local government conference 2016

22/6/16

Leeds

Parents in Leeds discuss attacks on education

22/6/16

BFAWU

BFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"

22/6/16

Rail

Solid strike against "Britain's worst train company"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle25 Jun June - July meetings on the EU referendum result

triangle24 Jun Tories Out! General election now

triangle24 Jun National Museum workers accept deal

Leeds vigil to give solidarity with Orlando LGBT shooting victims, 13.6.16

triangle22 Jun LGBT liberation and socialism

triangle22 Jun Convoy to Calais: Outrageous blocking of aid for refugees

triangle22 Jun Middle East: Isis under pressure on several fronts

triangle21 Jun Left alternative needed to counter austerity, racism and the far right

More ...

triangle2 Jul NSSN 10th annual conference


triangle27 Jun Wirral Socialist Party: What next after the EU referendum result?

triangle27 Jun Carlisle Socialist Party: Establishment defeated, now defeat Tory austerity!

triangle28 Jun Cardiff Socialist Party: Cameron & Osborne defeated - now let's kick out all the Tories!

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice