Lambeth UNISON members organised a rock solid strike across the borough on 22 and 23 March to protest against the closure of four local libraries by Lambeth Council. Pictures and videos below!
The strike earned huge community support, with people donating to our strike fund. Strikers and community campaigners handed out hundreds of leaflets to passers by. After a lunch time rally at Olive Morris House, striking library staff went to other council offices at International House and Blue Star House in Brixton to speak to other workers and raise money for the strike fund.
Many thanks to Lewisham UNISON who came to join us on our picket line, as well as John McLoughlin from Tower Hamlets UNISON who spoke to striking workers at Brixton. Thank you also to the solidarity from Barnet, Islington, Camden and Birkbeck UNISON branches for their solidarity.
There will be more days of strikes as library workers carry on the fight, alongside local residents, to save the library service. Despite a lot of negativity from some councillors about the strike, we know that others support us, even if they are worried to do so publicly in case the Labour group discipline them.
Our commitment to saving the library service remains unwavering. It is tragic that the Labour run council have set themselves against the community and the workforce in Lambeth as they rush through Tory cuts. We urge them to come back to the table and explore other options with us to keep the libraries open and ensure there are no job losses.
— Lambeth UNISON (@LambethUNISON) March 23, 2016
A great day for the campaign to save our local libraries. More strike days to follow, please follow us on Twitter @LambethUNISON