Responding to misinformation about the ongoing Braford council library dispute and serious allegations made about Unite’s legitimate concerns, Unite regional officer Mark Martin said: “Bradford’s library and museum service is in crisis. Libraries are closing early on a daily basis due to staff shortages.

“This affects the most vulnerable people in society who rely on this service to complete online forms, for example for universal credit claims and job applications or simply to seek sanctuary in our buildings.

“Unite is clear there has been no meaningful consultation from the council and challenges it to provide evidence of this claim.

“Unite met with management and an agreement was made that would bring both parties back to the negotiating table. The council then reneged on the agreed terms.

“Unite is demanding that Bradford council reverses the cuts for 2019/20 and withdraws any proposals for 2020/21 and calls for the council to invest in libraries and museums to run alongside any investment for its city of culture bid.

“Unite has been given an insight into the proposals for the Keighley Hub, it was not an act of eavesdropping, but carelessness by council management and an agency member of staff. Unite stands by the report.

“Unite has on many occasions made it clear that it is prepared to enter into meaningful consultations providing the council pauses the process, but the council has refused to do so.”

Unite is currently balloting its approximately 50 members for industrial action in the dispute and the ballot closes on Friday 27 September.


Notes to editors:

 Angry residents told Bradford library cuts are an ‘act of cultural vandalism’

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