Message of Solidarity to Barnet’s library staff & Barnet Unison

Message of Solidarity to Barnet’s library staff & Barnet Unison


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.”

Message of Solidarity from Sian Berry

‘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


Solidarity Message to the Barnet Strikers From John McDonnell

“I want to pay tribute and send solidarity greetings to Barnet UNISON Library workers who are taking three days strike action starting Monday 13 June. They have been fighting an inspirational work place and community campaign with the Save Barnet Libraries campaign. I would like to thank them for their sterling efforts to expose and prevent the proposed widespread decimation of their Library service which will see half the workforce dumped onto the dole queue. Barnet UNISON has been a fine example of how trade unions and their community can work together in fighting austerity policies which are destroying local public services up and down the country, they have my 100% support.” John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor


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