Money is being raised to support Bromley library workers who have been on strike for almost four months over pay, working conditions and roles left vacant.

Disgruntled workers have been protesting since June 6 and have still not returned to work.

They are striking over their treatment by Greenwich Leisure Limited, which manages the libraries on behalf of Bromley Council.

A petition was launched by Unite calling for the council to take the service back in house, and has so far been signed by more than 600 people.

The fundraising page was set up on Thursday (September 27) and hundreds of pounds have been pledged since.

Organiser Sean Hodges wants to raise £5,000 to support the workers.

He wrote: "Your donations and your solidarity will give them the money they need to feed their families while they're out, but it will also do something more - it will show them that people see how important their struggle is, and that they don't stand alone in defending the libraries from these attacks."

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In July Lewisham West and Penge MP Ellie Reeves visited strikers and backed the union’s campaign.

She said: "Bromley’s library service is an invaluable asset to the community helping combat parental loneliness with lots of activities for parents and young children, providing internet access to those who do not have it, and helping to inspire a love of learning in many.

"But none of this is possible without the fantastic and committed staff that make up the libraries. Greenwich Leisure Ltd have gone back on commitments they made to Bromley Council which fly in the face of how valued staff members should be treated.

"This is an attack on our community and the overwhelming community support for industrial action confirms this."

A total of 50 workers across 14 libraries in Bromley remain on strike.

Unite Union, which is orchestrating the strikes, say GLL bosses are not filling vacant posts and asking staff to be managers without paying the proper rate and failing to pay what is owed.

Greenwich Leisure Limited has previously told us it is reviewing its parity but that industrial action is unnecessary.

A spokesman said: "Our senior leadership team brings a wealth of professional knowledge and experience of running libraries successfully and are supporting frontline library staff in keeping all of Bromley’s libraries open this summer.

"Unite walked out of negotiations before the strike and we are pleased that they have agreed to come back to the table – not least for their members who are paying the price for this unnecessary industrial action."