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Issue No. 2062

Report boost for Unique workers

The seven month long fight by 17 women sacked by Unique care in Huddersfield received a boost last week.

Huddersfield council’s scrutiny committee finally released its report into the working relationship between the council and the private care provider, Unique Care.

The report was damning in its findings. It found irregularities in the way the company secured contracts with the council to provide care provision.

The report comments that there has never been any competition invited for the contracts and the company has never been assessed for suitability in line with government guidelines.

The committee is recommending that investigations are conducted into the company’s actions. In 1993 only 5 percent of care provision was provided outside of local authorities. That figure is now 73 percent.

Nick Ruff

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Harrow meets for public services

over 60 people attended the Public Services Not Private Profit meeting organised by the local Harrow PCS union branch on Wednesday of last week.

Speakers included John McDonnell MP and Mark Serwotka, PCS union general secretary and Judy McKnight, Napo union general secretary.

Various local union members in attendance voiced support for the post workers’ strike.

The meeting overwhelmingly passed a motion that Harrow Trades Council should call a local demonstration to give a united focus to these struggles.

Mark Benjamin

Silverlink workers get 4.6 percent

The threat of strike action by the RMT rail workers’ union at Silverlink has forced the company to increase its pay offer to 4.6 percent.

Some 350 guards, retail and revenue staff were due to strike on Monday of this week, and 13 and 27 August after voting by more than seven to one to take action against a below inflation offer of 3.6 percent.

The strikes were cancelled after the new offer.

Village organises against runway

Some 90 people met last week in the village of Sipson in Middlesex, where the local MP, John McDonnell, formally welcomed the Camp for Climate Action to his constituency.

Sipson is threatened by British Airport Authority (BAA) plans to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

The purpose of the meeting was to get local support for the Climate Camp that will be held near Heathrow in August.

The recent wide ranging injunction applied for by BAA to prevent protest has angered many local residents and has increased the resolve of organisers.

John Sinha

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Tue 31 Jul 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2062
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