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Workers to lobby Barnet council

by a Barnet council worker
Issue No. 2225

Planners and public health workers are among a large group of workers at Tory-run Barnet council, north London, who are beginning to say, “enough is enough”.

A lobby of the next full council meeting is planned on Tuesday of next week to demonstrate the strength of opposition.

Union membership has increased massively in this part of the council, from around 20 percent at the start of the year to around 75 percent who are now members of Unison.

More people are stepping forward to become stewards—previously there were none.

Workers are angry at the way the council is trying to railroad them out into the hands of the private sector.

No coherent or sensible arguments have been presented to the workforce or the local union branch to explain this decision.

The decision is entirely ideological and part of the local Tory council’s plans to make a profile for itself as the first council where services are entirely run by the private sector.

Many have seen what happened to Connaught workers last month—former council workers who were outsourced and then sacked by conference call.

So they are understandably worried about what will happen to their terms and conditions once they are in the hands of a private company. The lobby should also boost the confidence of the workforce to take any necessary further action.

Lobby of Barnet council, 6pm, Tuesday 2 November, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, NW4

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Tue 26 Oct 2010, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2225
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