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Strikes Across Bradford's Libraries Continue Amid Cuts

Bradford Council has decided to slash the budget by £1m for the next financial year.

Strikes across the District’s libraries have continued this week in response to a planned £1m cut to services.

Bradford Council’s decision to slash the libraries budget in the 2020/21 financial year have proved hugely controversial.

The Council is currently consulting on the future of its service – and on Monday staff began four days of strike action. Today there was a picket outside Shipley Library.

Staff have already taken five days of strike action this autumn, and there will be an “all out” strike at 14 libraries and museums on Thursday.

Tomorrow there will be a strike at Baildon Library.

The cuts – which will total £1.05 million, are likely to lead to a greater reliance on volunteers and reduced opening hours.

Unite regional officer Mark Martin said: “Unite is continuing to press the elected councillors to think again regarding these damaging cuts and will be meeting with Unite-supported councillors to make our case directly to them.

“Meanwhile, our Unite Community members will be encouraging members of the public and Unite members to make representations to the council consultation document.

“Strike days next week are targeted at certain workplaces, but with an all-out strike at the 14 libraries and museums on Thursday (21 November). There will be pickets and demonstrations at the selected workplaces.”

The public consultation into the library cuts closes on Friday, December 20

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