Greenwich libraries staff to strike over GLL takeover
I’ve not many details on this, but Unite union staff working at Greenwich Council’s libraries are to strike for five days in protest at the council’s decision to hand over the running of its libraries to GLL.
The switch to GLL management is due to take place from Monday 30 April, but union representatives fear cuts to workers’ pay and conditions, and are also angry about the lack of consultation over the move.
Strikes will take place on Friday 27th April, Saturday 28th April, Monday 30th April, Tuesday 1st May, and Friday 11th May.
The process was temporarily halted earlier this year when Unite threatened legal action over links between then-leisure cabinet member John Fahy and GLL managing director Mark Sesnan, who are both directors of a company called Meridian Link, which develops education and sports opportunities in Ghana.
GLL was formed in the 1990s from Greenwich Council’s old leisure department, and the two bodies retain close links. Mr Sesnan has been a guest at council functions, including last year’s lavish mayoral inauguration ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College.
Monday update: The strike affects library staff, not leisure centre staff as previously thought (had relied on third-hand info for Saturday night’s post). I’ll place an email Unite’s Onay Kasab to his members in the comments section.