Bradford council bosses are taking ‘a pickaxe’ to the educational and social opportunities that the city’s 14 libraries and museums offer,  Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 5 November).

Unite hit out as 50 of it library and museums’ members started a three day strike (5-7 November) over swingeing cuts to the service. This follows a two day strike last month.

Unite members are staging three protests – they are at the city library, Bradford city hall BD1 1HY today; Wibsey library, North Road BD 6 1TR tomorrow (6 November) and at Ilkley library LS29 7JL on Thursday (7 November).

Unite regional officer Mark Martin said: “Our members are showing magnificent solidarity as they hold their second wave of strike action against the swingeing cuts to the libraries and museums’ service. They have been buoyed up by the strong support shown by the public.

“The council has to be stopped in its tracks as it wields a pickaxe to the service which offers so much in educational and social terms to the people of Bradford.

“We are today seeking assurances from the council that it is not strike breaking by using temporary workers on zero hours contracts to undermine our members who are taking legitimate industrial action to protect a much valued service.”  

Unite has charted a decade of cuts to libraries and museums by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council – the latest £950,000 for the year starting April 2019 and a further £1,050,000 earmarked from April 2020

A four day strike is planned between 18 and 21 November inclusively and a five day stoppage on 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 December.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.