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Bromley staff vote for action

LIBRARY staff across a London borough could be set to strike following a deal to hand over control of 14 libraries to Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

The London Borough of Bromley outsourced all of its library services to GLL in November last year, despite concerns being raised by staff through union Unite. Two months after the contract began staff were balloted on strike ­action over pay and time off.

Staff have now overwhelming supported industrial action, according to Unite, which issued a statement saying: "One hundred per cent of library staff working for Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) across the London borough's 14 libraries backed strike action on a turnout of 87 per cent in a dispute over staffing, pay and time off for union duties."

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: "What we are seeing in Bromley is outsourcing chaos. There have been continual problems since Bromley's ­libraries were privatised and Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) took over from the council.

"Staffing is a major problem with workers being shipped in from neighbouring boroughs owing to staff shortages, while senior posts remain unfilled because current staff will not apply as it would mean transferring to poorer GLL contracts."

Unite is calling for negotiations to take place and no date has yet been set for strike action.

A spokesperson for GLL said: "Any strike action is regrettable and talks are ongoing with the union. GLL is a worker-owned charitable social enterprise which puts the community and our staff at the heart of our public services. Our priority is to deploy resources to keep libraries open and minimise any impact on customers."

Bromley Council was asked about the strike action but did not supply a comment.

Image(cropped and resized) supplied by By Stacey Harris, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Published: 13 March 2018

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