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11 August 2021
Outsourcing is the scourge of public services. It is the twisted idea that a company with no ties to the community could step in and do a better job than the public sector. That is demonstrably false.
17 March 2021
Worcester council is Tory run, and its underfunding of services has been appalling. Also, over the last few years we have seen our hospital, The Worcestershire, in the headlines.
22 April 2020
Bromley Library workers are facing a restructure, including moving to new work locations, in the middle of this health emergency
13 November 2019
Around 50 Unite members in libraries and museums across Bradford have entered their second round of strike action, escalating from two to three days of action this week.
23 October 2019
"If these cuts go through we won't be able to run these services," said Unite libraries shop steward Karen Raynor, on the £2 million cuts to Bradford council's libraries, museums and galleries
2 October 2019
Unite union members employed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) in Bromley, south London, have been on indefinite strike since 6 June, in defence of the library service.
25 September 2019
Greenwich Leisure Limited, which has a contract to run public libraries in Bromley, will be meeting with the Unite union to discuss what is the longest running indefinite strike in the country.
31 July 2019
The long-running strike against the running down of Bromley libraries has not lost its enthusiasm
12 June 2019
Over 600 people marched through Chelmsford on 8 June in protest at Tory-run Essex County Council's plan to shut 25 out of its 74 libraries.
5 June 2019
Money has been found to secure the future of St John's and Warndon libraries in Worcester.
1 May 2019
The third instalment in the campaign to see off the cuts to services at St John's library, Worcester, took place on 20 April when 30 protesters gathered outside the library itself.
27 March 2019
28 people came to Worcester Socialist Party's second, very successful public meeting over the threats to library services
27 February 2019
The local library in St Johns, Worcester, is under threat of job losses, shorter hours and possible closure, along with another eight across Worcestershire
6 February 2019
Worcestershire's Tory county council wants to close nine community libraries, and sack workers and reduce opening hours in at least six others. We say no! Enough is enough!
22 August 2018
Libraries come from a tradition of workers' self-education. Their heyday was the 1950s when workers laboured in the factories and mines and libraries serviced a certain deprivation of the 'soul'.
18 April 2018
Bromley workers have responded magnificently - but outrageously GLL has bussed in strike breakers from other boroughs
24 January 2018
For the third year running, Kirklees council is looking to make cuts to its library services. A further £1.9 million is to be cut from the library services budget for 2018-19.
24 January 2018
Controversial outsourcing Bromley council faces strike action by workers at two of its contractors that could hit libraries and care services.
29 November 2017
This follows growing pressure from below in the Labour Party. The cracks are beginning to show in the council's assertion that it has no choice
13 September 2017
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