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Fighting privatisation at Camden council

Issue No. 2162

More than 150 caretakers working for Camden council held a mass meeting on Tuesday of last week in response to plans to privatise the cleaning of estates.

The council wants to out-source the work to private company Veolia, which would put around 60 jobs at risk.

Workers are furious at the plans. Caretakers spent around an hour questioning the assistant director of housing before their mass meeting.

They demanded to know why it was always front-line staff rather than managers that had to face job losses. They pointed out that front-line workers are responsible for the high quality of service.

Workers passed a motion at the meeting calling for their Unison union to arrange an indicative ballot for industrial action.

They requested that Unison’s London region arrange a ballot for action up to and including all-out indefinite strike action if the council executive decides to go ahead with the privatisation plans.

Caretakers also voted to organise campaigning among tenants against the plans.

“Workers campaigning against privatisation have a lot of support among tenants,” said Liz Wheatley, the deputy convenor of Unison in housing. “The council executive met on Wednesday and voted to go ahead with the plans.

“Our Unison branch committee met on Thursday and voted unanimously to request a ballot for industrial action.”

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2162
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