Hundreds took the streets of Bromley supporting a UNITE march against the council's 'mass privatisation'.

Around 400 people holding banners, placards and flags set off from Norman Park on Saturday (June 13).

They marched through Bromley town centre behind the Fire Brigades Union fire engine.

Unite Young Members, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and GMB trade union were just of the organisations which showed their support on the day.

Kathy Smith, of Bromley UNITE, said: “We had tremendous support for the Bromley UNITE march for People and Services against the devastation of Tory cuts and privatisation.

“Close to 400 attended and marched behind the FBU fire engine through town and we were well supported on route.”

The People and Services First march, organised by Bromley UNITE, follows the third wave of strikes in the borough.

Unite members of the library service are continuing to strike until Saturday (June 20), following adult services and transport workers striking from 10 – 15 June and council workers on June 16.

The union is protesting over what they claim is the mass privatisation of services, cuts to pay and conditions and the withdrawal of facility time from Unite trade union representative.

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Unite regional officer Onay Kasnab, said: “Bromley council’s mission to shrink local services to vanishing point will be challenged every step of the way.

“We will not stand by and let Bromley council’s blinkered right-wing ideology destroy the services that generations of Bromley residents have depended on.”

The council claims it needs to find £50 million in savings over the next four years out of a budget of roughly £200 million.