I took my daughter to Bradley Stoke Library today (Saturday 9th November) and it was closed – the staff were sat outside on strike.
My daughter needed a book for her homework. What kind of message are we sending out to our youth? If the employees of the library are unhappy, why don’t they exercise their rights to vote with their feet and find another job, letting people who are prepared to work open the library?
I’m afraid that they have no sympathy from me. In this day and age we all have to work harder and longer for less money. Is it fair? No, but it’s a sign of the times. They are there to provide a service to the public, and let us down badly today.
On a positive note, we then drove to Patchway Library, which was OPEN, it had a vibrant atmosphere, full of children, families and the very helpful staff came to our aid. Thank you Patchway Library.
Photo: Archive image of industrial action on 28th September 2013.
- Library staff strike over ‘cost saving’ pay cut (BSJ magazine October 2013)
- Library to close on Saturday due to strike action (BSJ website September 2013)
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