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Fighting privatisation at Southampton council

Issue No. 2044

Over 2,000 Southampton council workers struck for 24 hours on Tuesday of last week. The strike was called in protest at the council’s proposal to transfer over 700 jobs to private company Capita.

During the strike many T&G union members refused to cross Unison union picket lines. As a result, most refuse collection and street sweeping was stopped for the day.

The council has already spent £1.55 million on consultants to pave the way for the Strategic Services Partnership (SSP).

Capita, a huge “outsourcing” company, is the only bidder.

On Wednesday of last week hundreds of council workers demonstrated outside the civic centre before councillors met to decide whether to push through the privatisation.

Mike Tucker, Unison branch secretary, said, “The strike was well supported.

“Council workers oppose the selling off of their jobs. We believe that privatisation is not in the interests of the people of Southampton.”

The workers started action short of a strike on Monday of this week, including not covering for vacant jobs and not working unpaid hours.

Messages of support to Southampton Unison, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7NB or email

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Sat 31 Mar 2007, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2044
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