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Issue No. 1779

Around 80 workers in Ashfield council walked out of work for 20 minutes on Monday in protest at the sacking of a fellow worker. Kevin Shillitto was sacked over a timekeeping matter, without even so much as an informal warning before being dismissed.

Workers in the main council offices as well as surrounding leisure centres joined Monday's protest against the Labour council's actions. Managers of the leisure centres showed their disgust at the council's actions by cancelling a Christmas dinner they had been due to attend with the council's head of leisure.

'Workers are fed up with being intimidated,' said Richard Buckwell, secretary of the local UNISON council workers' union.

Over 400 Dacorum Borough Council workers struck for 24 hours last week to fight against the privatisation of their jobs. The Hertfordshire council, run by the Tories, is planning to contract out its support services.

Last week's strike was the second day of action following an earlier walkout at the start of November.

Over 100 people lobbied councillors in Stockton on Tees last week against preparations to close a local school and privatise elderly care homes in the borough.

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Sat 15 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1779
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