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Southampton librarians go on strike over council cuts

Librarians have gone on strike in Southampton over plans to replace some staff with volunteers.

Workers are also angry at plans by the city council to close libraries in Thornhill and Millbrook as part of cost-cutting measures.

The walkout is the first of two one-day strikes organised by the union Unison which will continue on Monday.

Central Library will open from 1000 to 1630 BST with a limited service but all other libraries will be shut.

It follows a one-day walkout by librarians in the city in June at the plans.

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