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Swansea anti-privatisation protest planned

Issue No. 2054

Local government unions in Swansea have organised a lunchtime protest for Wednesday of this week against the council’s plans to privatise services.

“The council has already privatised meals on wheels and ICT in 2004,” said Matthew Shephard, the publicity officer for Swansea Unison in a personal capacity. “IT workers struck against this.

“The privatisation has been a disaster and there is a lot of anger about it. Now the council wants to privatise catering, trade refuse, security and cleaning to balance the books.

“Council workers will pay the price of privatisation. The Unison, GMB, Ucatt, Amicus and T&G unions have come together to organise this Wednesday’s protest.”

A joint union meeting has been called on Tuesday of next week to discuss the next stage in the dispute. This could include action up to and including strikes.

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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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