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Issue No. 1775

Council workers in Bradford are set to strike for half a day on Wednesday of this week. The strike comes after council workers, members of the UNISON union, voted to strike by 64.5 percent. Some 78.5 percent voted yes for action short of strike action.

The workers are fighting against privatisation proposals being pushed through by the Tories and Liberal Democrats, who control the hung council. The council has given a ten-year contract to private firm Serco/QAA to run Bradford's education.

And it wants to bring in another big company to run all the council's IT systems. Yet over the past 18 months a whole new management have been employed on salaries up to £54,000 a year.

At the same time the council has just announced the closure of a home for the elderly. The strike is officially supported, and Dave Prentis, UNISON's general secretary, is due to address the strikers at a rally this Wednesday.

Plymouth's Tory council is looking for buyers for £53 million of services. It has hired business consultant PriceWaterhouseCoopers to advertise across Europe to sell the entire direct services department. This puts over 2,000 jobs at risk.

The UNISON union branch has called days of action on Saturday 24 November and Tuesday 4 December in Plymouth.

Send messages of support to Plymouth UNISON, 13 Windsor Place, Plymouth PL1 2HN. Fax 01752 661 108.

Send letters of protest to Patrick Nicholson, Tory leader, Council House, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2EX.

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Sat 17 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1775
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