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Barnet workers lobby against 'easyCouncil'

Issue No. 2220

Around 200 people protested in Barnet, north London, last week over cuts and privatisation (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Around 200 people protested in Barnet, north London, last week over cuts and privatisation (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Around 200 workers employed by Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London joined a lively town hall lobby on Tuesday of last week. They are angry at plans to slash services and privatise departments.

Under the plans, called “Future Shape” by the bosses but dubbed “easyCouncil” by the workers, users will pay extra for each service they use.

Trade unionists from the GMB and Unison fear that thousands of jobs could be lost and services will be damaged.

“I work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society—those with disabilities,” said Francis.

“My fear is that these cuts will mean that we can no longer provide them with a service.”

Francis was buoyed by support from fellow trade unionists, as tube workers, teachers and firefighters had joined the lobby too.

Workers are vowing to keep up their fight with meetings and demonstrations. They are being balloted over threats to slash their redundancy scheme.


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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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