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Library Services Disrupted As Staff Strike

Library users throughout Bromley could experience disruptions in services this week as staff carry out strike action in opposition to planned changes by the council. Bromley Council is making every effort to maintain the level of service, but it expects some disruption during the industrial action.

Bromley library staff is conducting a period of industrial action because they are against proposals to bring in volunteers to run 14 libraries instead of paid staff. The council has already carried out a public consultation to gather opinions on the changes, and library workers say this highlighted that residents want the library service to continue to be run by the council.

The strike started on Saturday, February 6th and will continue throughout the week, ending this Saturday, February 13th. To mark the start of the action, staff and supporters marched along Bromley High Street to make the community aware of the proposals and their opposition.

The council website indicates that Bromley Central library is expected to stay closed throughout the strike, but meetings that are planned to take place in the public halls will still continue.

If you wish to use one of the other libraries this week you should check with the specific site before you travel because some might remain closed, whilst others could have shorter opening hours. You can find contact details for all the local libraries on the Bromley Council website.

Do you agree with the proposals made by the Council, or would you prefer to see the library service remain as it is?

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