Join the protest to save a vital service for parents and young children – 10.30 Windrush Square 26 January
Lambeth UNISON has launched a consultative ballot across the council work force today.
The ballot asks council members whether they are willing to take action in support of the ongoing libraries dispute.
Dan Jeffrey, vice chair of Lambeth UNISON said; “We have launched a ballot today across the Council workforce to take industrial action in support of our colleagues who are fighting to save the library service. Other than for a national issue, this is the first time the branch has taken a Council wide ballot for industrial action in many years. This shows how passionately our branch feels about saving the library service which is such a crucial resource to the local community. It is a service that is not only a vital educational resource for many people, but also a facility and space that provides a multitude of services for the community. The libraries provide a life line for many people whether this be getting assistance in filling in housing benefit forms, being a refuge for those who have suffered domestic violence, providing translation services, or providing a space and play groups where parents can bring their children to. I have never seen such a passionate response from the workforce and local community in 20 years of trade union activism. The councillors need to listen to their community and change course.”
UNISON activists have put up posters in the major council buildings, and leafleted every desk. There will be more stalls and floorwalking later this week to get the vote out. If you are a member of UNISON in the council and have not got your email then please contact us and we will send you a link.
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Ruth Cashman, joint Branch Secretary of Lambeth Unison thinks that some of the local councillors just aren’t aware of how devastating the consequences of cuts to the libraries are on the local community