Lambeth Library workers on strike 22 and 23 March
Consultative ballot at 85% yes vote to extend strike action across the council workforce
On April 1st 2016: Carnegie and Minet Libraries will be closed forever.
No, it is not a hoax for the Fools Day.
It’s a date that all citizens of Lambeth will always remember with shame.
Library workers are striking on 22 and 23 March to stop the closure of four libraries.
The council’s vague plans to ‘save money’ are now targeting Minet and Carnegie Libraries soon to be closed down -while Waterloo will be sold and Upper Norwood will be handed over to a trust that doesn’t have to run a library. Tate South Lambeth was also at risk but has been given a temporary reprieve to stay open, mainly thanks to the huge campaign against closures.
These plans have no support in the community.
UNISON are holding a consultative ballot across the council –the first one in years- in solidarity with the library staff. The ballot will close on Wednesday 23 March but so far 85% are in favour of a council wide strike to save the libraries.
Librarian and Unison steward Tim O’Dell said: “Councillors hoped they could push things through quietly but they’ve got a fight on their hands – the community are preparing legal action and have organised a major campaign – and we, the staff, are taking the only action which we can – to strike. We have just three weeks before they start removing books and padlocking doors. They can’t be allowed to give away our libraries”
On 22 March there will be a Picket and Rhyme (named from the usual Wriggle and rhyme) story time session for children, held by striking librarians in Windrush square from 10.45am.