Lambeth Council on local libraries: Frequently asked questions and non-answers

For the last three months, Lambeth UNISON has submitted a series of questions concerning impact of Culture2020 and the closure of several of our libraries to be converted into “Healthy Living Centres”. Senior council officials have delayed responses and refused to treat our question seriously – they wouldn’t even give us a reply in an official meeting but told us to “Look on the website” for their response.

Below are the most relevant questions, their answers and our response. Continue reading

Labour members support Carnegie library occupation and call for Jeremy Corbyn to visit

Labour Party members across the country are backing this statement in support of the occupation of Carnegie library – more than a hundred from across the country over the course of the weekend.
Please add your or your organisation’s name by emailing labour4libraries@gmail.com (all signatories pc unless indicated) or fill out the form below Continue reading

Consultative ballot launched in support of the ongoing libraries dispute

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.”

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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.