To our brothers and sisters in Barnet UNISON – your fight against the privatisation and decimation of Public Services by the ideologically driven Tories in our Borough is an inspiration to the Trade Union movement.
Libraries are a beacon of any civilised society, providing a safe environment where generations of our community have benefited from this vital social service, helping to bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots.
Libraries are spaces where people of all ages and all backgrounds can practice lifelong learning, something that the Tories in our Borough well understand and find distasteful.
We stand with you in your fight against this attack on our community.
Barnet Trades Union Council
“BAPS and Save Barnet Libraries support your strike action and hope to see you on the picket line. As you know our two groups have been campaigning to save the library service since the first dreadful plans were put forward. We understand the value of trained professionals, and appreciate that it is your skills and experience that have provided the high-quality service that we have enjoyed and depended on. We deplore the cuts in space, material resources and, above all, in your jobs.
We are still working on the campaign and stand shoulder to shoulder with you.”
BAPS and SBL
A message of support to library workers organised by Barnet Unison
Barnet NUT gives 100% support to the forthcoming strike by our fellow workers in Barnet Libraries. Of course we extend this support in the spirit of worker solidarity – an injury to one is an injury to all. But we also support you because of the valuable work you do in performing such an important public sector and public education role for all the residents of Barnet. Without your contribution our residents and our children will be so much the poorer.
We salute you for standing up for your rights and ours.
For your livelihood and ours. For your community and ours.
Davy Hopper, General Secretary , Durham Miners’Association
‘We at Barnet Green Party are writing to express our solidarity with the three day strike action being taken by your library workers. Barnet Council’s proposed cuts to posts, staffing hours, library space and other resources is completely unacceptable. It demonstrates an absence of imagination in modernising libraries to adapt to the electronic-era. We believe that the shrinking, selling and cutting staffing at libraries is the action of a heartless undemocratic council. The selling off of public goods which are treasured by Barnet’s residents and of which they are custodians with no mandate to dispose of is quite simply scandalous and we shall continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in resisting the cuts to library services as we have sadly had to do for years.’
Trade Union Liaison Officer, Barnet Green Party
“On behalf of PCS, I send our full solidarity for your strike. You have the full support of PCS in your fight against cuts to public libraries in Barnet and the forced privatisation of these vital public services and we are absolutely clear that your fight is our fight. PCS members have taken action over similar issues in recent years. Our members at the Land Registry successfully fought off privatisation in the past, and are now facing another struggle to stop another attempted sell off. Please let us know if there is any other practical support we can provide.”
(Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary)
Message of Solidarity to Barnet’s library staff & Barnet Unison
POSTED BY BARNET LABOUR ON JUNE 06, 2016
Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said:
“On behalf of the Barnet Labour Group I would like to send a message of solidarity to all Library staff taking industrial action on 13th, 14th and 15th of June in opposition to Barnet Council’s terrible plan to cut library posts by 46%, reduce the staffed opening hours of our libraries by 70%, and slash floor space at our libraries.
“We oppose these library cuts, and the plans to outsource the service which we believe will have a devastating and lasting impact on our local community.”
‘We send our solidarity from Camden to striking library workers in Barnet. We’re proud to see public servants standing up for the principle of public services run by the public for the common good. All councils face a funding squeeze but Barnet Council appears to believe the solution is handing over as many of its functions as possible to the private sector, which only brings lower standards for the community, diminished services and worse conditions for staff too, and sees public money being used to line private pockets. All our best wishes are with your action this week.’
Member of the London Assembly
for the Green Party