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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 June 2010
Southampton library staff strike to save jobs
Unison members working in Southampton libraries have voted by 80% in favour of strike action against Tory council plans to close libraries and replace trained librarians with volunteers.
Two library workers spoke to The Socialist about their dispute: "We are set to lose six or seven fulltime staff when we are already down to the bare bones. Originally volunteers were to be in addition to staff, now they want to run some libraries just with volunteers.
"Millbrook library is threatened with closure as part of a 'regeneration' scheme despite the huge opposition of the local community. With very few services left in the area if the library goes, it means the end of a lot of activities based there.
"Tory Councillor Hannides has said no one wants the libraries when they are 'consulted', but 700 parents have supported our petition. Our members are very determined to save jobs and services, union membership is up 50% as a result of the campaign. We are appealing to everyone to exert pressure on the council, support our campaign and stop these cuts."
Library staff will be striking on Monday 21 June and holding a rally at Central Library, Southampton at 12.30pm.
- Show your support and join the Love Your Southampton Libraries facebook group and send messages of protest to Councillor Hannides: firstname.lastname@example.org
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In The Socialist 16 June 2010:
Millionaire ministers savage public services
'Bloodbath budget' day protests and meetings
Comprehensive education under attack
Opposing 'Dickensian' academy schools in Waltham Forest
National Shop Stewards Network
Come to the NSSN conference
Unison local government conference: Delegates face huge struggles
Northern Rock throws workers on the dole
Wales Unison: Socialist Party member elected
NHS Scotland - ConDemned to terminal decay
Southampton library staff strike to save jobs
Save the Big House
Socialist Party editorial
Labour leadership contest dominated by right wing
Socialist Party news and analysis
TUSC plans for future elections
BP's value plunges as oil spill worsens
Willetts approves tuition fees hike
Bloody Sunday report appears 38 years late
IDS's 'anti-poverty drive' attacks the poorest!
High speed trains and high priced fares
Why we don't back the Queen's pay claim
Tower Hamlets: Jobs, homes and services - not the racist EDL!
International socialist news and analysis
Greece: A test bed for 'austerity' and resistance
Spain: Millions of public sector workers strike over brutal cuts
Portugal: Mobilisation against austerity reaches new level
Socialist Party Scotland launched at packed and inspiring meeting
The Socialist 16 June 2010 |
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