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£4,522
raised of £5,000 target by 181 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,522 to support the Bromley library workers in their strike

    Bromley
    Funded on Saturday, 25th January 2020

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    I'm a supporter of the Bromley library strike, and I'd like to ask for your help if you can give it.

    Since June 6th, the library workers across Bromley Borough's library service have been engaged in all-out strike action in response to the mismanagement and running down of their workplaces. Greenwich Leisure Limited, the company responsible for the library service, have put the whole library network at risk. They've deliberately understaffed these libraries, forced new joiners onto weak and exploitative contracts, made junior staff take on responsibility for tasks they simply aren't trained for, and refused to listen when Unite the Union came to them with their concerns about these goings-on.

    Now, as a final insult, GLL have told the workforce that they'll be cutting up to half of the jobs currently in existence in the library network in order to "restructure" the service. All of this is why the workers voted to go out on indefinite strike. The price of not fighting back would be to watch as the libraries, and the vital services they offer to Bromley, are run down and destroyed so that GLL can pay their executive staff bigger paychecks.

    That's why the library staff need your help to continue the fight and see it through to victory. Your donations and your solidarity will give them the money they need to feed their families while they're out, but it will also do something more - it will show them that people see how important their struggle is, and that they don't stand alone in defending the libraries from these attacks.

    The stakes are high; if GLL succeed in gutting the libraries here then other companies will follow suit elsewhere in the country, and a once-proud public service will be destroyed for good. With your help, the Bromley library strike can draw a line in the sand and defend library services all over the country, not just in our borough.

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    • Sean Hodges8 months ago
      Sean Hodges

      Sean Hodges

      8 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      75%! I had high hopes for this fundraiser, but to actually get so close to the target is incredible. To all the people who've shown their solidarity so far, a massive thank you - you don't know what it means to the strikers to have such support from all over the country (and indeed the world!), and your kind messages have really kept their spirits up. Victory to the strike - let's get this to £5000!

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    • Sean Hodges11 months ago
      Sean Hodges

      Sean Hodges

      11 months ago

      I was meant to send a quick note for when we'd hit 10%, but we've sailed right past that today before I could get a chance! Thank you so much to everyone who's donated or shared this fundraiser so far. The support of ordinary people is so important to actions like this, especially when the stakes are as high as they are. While we've got a way to go yet, the fact that this has had such a good response is so heartening - brilliant work everyone, solidarity forever!

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    Supporters

    181

    • Camille

      Camille

      Jan 12, 2020

      Hoping you get justice x

    • Helen Monagle

      Helen Monagle

      Jan 10, 2020

      Solidarity to the Bromley library workers, from a HE library worker.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 10, 2020

      £10.00

    • Nick Brown

      Nick Brown

      Jan 7, 2020

      £10.00

    • Tom Perry

      Tom Perry

      Jan 4, 2020

      It is truly shameful that GLL have starved libraries of staff training, offered awful contracts to new staff, cut hours and made library life for users and staff untenable.

    • Martin Spence

      Martin Spence

      Dec 31, 2019

      Thanks for setting up the crowdfunder and good luck

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 27, 2019

      £30.00

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    Sean Hodges

    Sean Hodges

    Bromley

    I'm a political activist and young worker who lives in the London borough of Bromley, which is - perhaps unsurprisingly - where most of my activism takes place. I support causes which help improve the lives of the working class, and I try my best to help out whenever I can.

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