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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016

Workers and campaigners fight council lies to save library

Trade unionists fighting to save Greenwich library, photo by Unite Greenwich

Trade unionists fighting to save Greenwich library, photo by Unite Greenwich   (Click to enlarge)

A member of Unite the Union

Unite members in the Socialist Party-led Greenwich branch defending the mobile library from closure held an open air story time on the steps of the town hall on 30 March. The council claim that a library is within walking distance of every school, which is not true.

They say the mobile library issues 22,000 books to children every year. Also not true - but only because this has now gone up to over 30,000! The council said that they would not close libraries - also untrue, because the mobile is a library! The clue is in the title "mobile library"!

Unite Libraries convenor and Socialist Party member Sara Kasab read passages from Matilda - all about her first visit to a library, emphasising the importance of libraries to a child's formative years.

The council responded saying they will make a final decision in May. Consequently, the campaign will escalate over April and in the lead up to the May meeting behind the slogan: "no if's no but's, no library service cuts"!

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