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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2020
Bromley Libraries announce 'restructure' in the middle of pandemic!
Bromley library workers protesting outside GLL tennis centre in Islington, supported by the NSSN and members of the Socialist Party, 21st August 2019, photo Isai Priya
Bromley Library workers are facing a restructure, including moving to new work locations, in the middle of this health emergency.
Their union Unite says the restructure has nothing to do with the health emergency - instead it's about the employer, Greenwich Leisure Limited, opportunistically using the health emergency to exert control in the workplace.
This follows the company's defeat at the hands of workers, and their union following indefinite strike action. The settlement included new posts, no compulsory redundancies, and backdated pay awards for those who had been underpaid. But the company is now trying to implement a 'reorganisation'.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab says: "Our members working in Bromley Libraries have been told by this callous employer they face a restructure, a reorganisation. Bringing uncertainty and stress on top of what our members are having to cope with day in, day out. The restructure is completely and utterly unnecessary. We send a very loud and clear message to Greenwich Leisure Limited. Back off! There is no need for your restructure! The priority is people's safety!"
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The Socialist 22 April 2020 |
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