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Plymouth protest against bus sell off

by Tony Staunton
Issue No. 2180

Up to 150 campaigners joined a march through Plymouth last Saturday against the council’s plans to sell off the city’s bus company.

The Tory council wants to sell its remaining 49 percent stake in CityBus to transport giant Go-Ahead.

Local Labour councillors and MPs joined the march.

The campaign has gathered strong public support, including a petition of more than 20,000 signatures.

A lobby of the full council meeting on Monday of this week displayed the bitterness felt by many as the council formally agreed to the privatisation.

But with just a year’s protection against compulsory redundancies, and nine months before any announcements on cuts to services, a campaign for industrial action is badly needed.

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Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:34 GMT
Issue No. 2180
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