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Council leader is booed off

Issue No. 1670

AROUND 500 angry building workers working for Norwich Labour council's direct labour organisation (DLO) protested outside the town hall last week against threatened job cuts. The council wants to privatise the DLO, which affects around 900 workers. The demonstration started after it was announced that the council was discussing a deal with the firm Morrison which could include 100 job cuts.

The workers, who are in the AEEU, GMB, UNISON and UCATT unions, were furious that they have no idea who, if anyone, is guaranteeing their jobs. Council leader Barbara Simpson was booed when she attempted to justify New Labour's cuts. Many workers turned their backs on her.

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Sat 30 Oct 1999, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1670
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