Hundreds march to defend libraries

Submitted by Matthew on 16 September, 2015 - 12:47 Author: Gemma Short

On Saturday 12 September over 600 people marched through the London borough of Barnet to protest against the council’s proposed privatisation and shutting down of libraries.

The “kids’ march for libraries” protest marched from East Finchley Library, to Finchley Church End Library before continuing on to North Finchley Library, where a rally was held in a nearby pub.

Actors and authors, including actress Rebecca Front and author Alan Gibbons, joined the protest, as well as over 600 local residents, activists and many children. The march was also supported by Lesbian and Gays support the Miners activists and a delegation from the Durham Miners’ Association.

Barnet council is wholeheartedly pursuing its “easycouncil” agenda, aiming to run very few services itself and become merely a commissioning organisation. Barnet Unison, who organised Saturday’s march along with Barnet Alliance for Public Services, have struck against the privatisation of libraries and other services.

Barnet Unison continues to fight these privatisations and is asking for support and practical solidarity from other trade unionists.

• Barnet Unison

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