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Pay and condition commitment ends strike in Bromley

Bromley strikers

Pay and condition commitment ends strike

STRIKING Library workers in Bromley have returned to work, after claiming victory in a pay dispute with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

The dispute began in March and lasted for more than three weeks as Unite members took action over a range of issues, including pay and unfilled posts. GLL won the contract for running Bromley’s libraries when the council outsourced provision in November 2017.

Shortly after that Unite members voted on industrial action, claiming their pay was threatened and amid concerns over unfilled vacancies.


The deal came too late for the print edition of Information Professional, which reports on the strike action but not the outcome. The fact that the dispute has now ended, with a promise of a pay rise and a commitment from GLL to fill posts, means that story is no longer up to date.

A joint statement from both Unite and GLL read: “GLL and Unite announce that, following further talks, they have reached an agreement on pay and facility time for Bromley Libraries staff. GLL has also committed to filling a number of vacant posts as quickly as possible.

"The pay deal is as follows: an increase of two per cent to basic salaries or the London Living Wage, whichever is greater.

"In addition, as a goodwill measure and in recognition of the uncertainties arising from the transfer from council control, GLL has agreed to make consolidated increases ranging from £200 to £325 to the lower salary points.

“Agreement was conditional to Unite agreeing that there will be no further changes to scale points, or other payments to mirror future changes to national or Bromley Council spine points or pay bands.”


Published: 23 April 2018

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