Reportback from Save Hackney Libraries Mass Lobby of Council meeting 20th July 2011

25 Jul

(c) guy smallman

(c) guy smallman

Despite monsoon-like weather, on Wednesday evening, Hackney library workers, users, friends and anti-cut campaigners gathered at Hackney Town Hall to lobby councillors and protest cuts to library jobs and services. The Save Hackney Libraries Petition forced a council debate on the issue, in what was a Hackney first. Hackney Unison Branch Secretary addressed the full council meeting and put forward our case for saving hackney libraries from cuts that are unneccessary, ill-conceived and unpopular. Hackney library workers and users also attended the meeting.

Although the council was unamimous in its support for Hackney Library Service, Councillor McShane made it clear that he felt that cuts to funding from central governement, left Hackney Council with no other choice but to plough ahead with the proposed cuts.

Hackney Library workers would like to thank all those who attended the lobby, and for all the support in the campaign so far.

(c) guy smallman

photographs courtesy of Guy Smallman. Do not reproduce without the photographers permission.,


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