Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 October 2016

Union campaign strikes blow against Bromley Tories

Greenwich Unite library campaigners in 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson

Greenwich Unite library campaigners in 2012, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

A Unite member

Unite the Union members are celebrating another victory against the privatisation plans of the vicious Tories who run Bromley Council. The council had plans to hand eight libraries over to charities to run with volunteers only.

The remainder were to be privatised as part of a joint attack along with the Tories on Bexley Council. The two councils planned to do one tendering exercise in order to minimise the cost of the tendering process - never mind the cost to the service, jobs or the pay and conditions of library workers.

First, a determined union-led campaign forced the charity "Bromley Community Link" to pull out. Now in a dramatic turn, Bexley Council have said that they are not proceeding with plans to privatise their libraries.

This is another big victory for the long running campaign and leaves Bromley council totally discredited.

Despite this, Bromley Council have issued a statement saying that they are going to go ahead on their own and privatise all their libraries!

They certainly are on their own - 80% of residents who responded to the council consultation exercise said that they do not want their library services privatised.

The union believes that organisations such as Carillion are lining up to take over the service. This is the same blacklisting company which, when not victimising trade union members, took over libraries in Croydon and immediately imposed redundancies.

In an attempt to hide the fact that the company would run the service based on making a profit rather than the needs of residents, the council have publicly stated that this is not privatisation - but is in fact "outsourcing".

But this crude propaganda fools nobody. Unite is now preparing to target a campaign against Carillion and has promised that further strike action will follow in defence of libraries.

This campaign has won victories because it is a trade union-led campaign - community campaigns are vital, but just as vital is that the trade unions representing the workers in libraries take the lead.

This has also been the case in Greenwich where Socialist Party members in the Unite branch have led and won campaigns stopping library closures, defending permanent jobs and halting casualisation while protecting pay and conditions.

The message is clear - trade unions have the power to save our libraries as demonstrated by Unite members in Bexley and Greenwich.

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

In The Socialist 12 October 2016:

Housing crisis

Butterfields victory: housing crisis can be beaten

Tories’ £5bn for housing not enough

What we think

Tories whip up division over Brexit...fight for a socialist, internationalist exit

Where next for the BMA junior doctors' dispute

Socialist Party news and analysis

Say no to fracking!

Support the Rotherham 12

Suicidal phone calls: fight to reverse tax credit cuts

Black History Month

Malcolm X: hero of black liberation

Socialist Party workplace news

Union library campaign strikes blow against Bromley Tories

Bin workers' strike - "about more than just pay"

AMEY = A Massive Empty Yard

Ritzy strikers walk-out and rally

Workplace news in brief

International socialist news and analysis

Poland: Mass movement stops total ban on abortion

South Africa: The battle for free education

Shimon Peres - a wolf in sheep's clothing

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Lambeth working class demo against cuts and gentrification

Appeal: Don't let the banks wreck our finances!

Momentum should show Blairites the door, not Socialist Party members!

Lobby to keep vital day centre funding

Bradford day centre campaigners meet to fight closure

Fight to save care homes in Carlisle

Cable Street 80th anniversary demo

Health and social care attacks

Attack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

The Socialist inbox

The Socialist inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 12 October 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleBromley library workers strike against privatisation

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleFight the 'burning' of our museums and libraries!

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleLibrary workers defeat Tory cuts


triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleTories torn - bin them now


triangleWorkers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle


triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot


triangleThe Socialist inbox


triangleWorkplace news in brief


triangleRare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page


triangleNasty party out the Tories

Trade unions:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Black workers and the British trade unions


triangle'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

Trade union:

trianglePCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap


triangleMcStriker addresses Greenwich trade unionists

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems


Royal Mail

Workers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea


Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice