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Strike action at Ilkley library today and tomorrow

Strike action at Ilkley library today and tomorrow

Published by Harry Long at 11:01am 21st October 2019. (Updated at 2:09pm 21st October 2019)

Ilkley library is closed today and tomorrow as part of 14 days of strike action by library and museum staff.

  • The library is closed today and tomorrow. 
  • It's part of 14 days of strike action this autumn over cuts to library and museum services by Bradford Council. 
  • There will be more walkouts next month and in December.  

The action, over cuts to libraries and museums by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, is being taken by members of the Unite union.

The union represents around 50 staff.  

There will be a further strike between 5th-7th November, a four day walkout between 18th and 21st November and a five day strike from 2nd-6th December.  

The action follows Unite members voting by 77 per cent for strike action and 94 per cent for industrial action short of a strike in defence of the library and museum service.

Unite regional officer Mark Martin said:

“The 14 days of strike action throughout the autumn we have announced today are a very strong shot across the council’s bows.  It is a wake-up call for the council to come to the table for constructive negotiations – Unite’s door is open 24/7 for such talks.  The number of strike days demonstrates how passionately our members feel about the swingeing cuts that the council is hell-bent on forcing through which could see funding for this service axed by 65 per cent.  We have had great and heart-warming support from members of the Bradford public and the surrounding areas. We are confident that this support will continue during the forthcoming strikes.  The council’s failure to engage with Unite is in sharp contrast to its aspiration to be UK City of Culture 2025.  Libraries and museums remain an integral part of the city’s social, cultural and educational fabric – and we continue to believe that they are worth fighting for.” 

In a statement, Bradford Council said:

"We remain committed to engaging with all stakeholders including residents, staff and unions on the future of our libraries service and will be in touch with further information about how you can take part in activities to help reshape Bradford district's libraries."

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