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Taking on easyCouncil

Issue No. 2244

Some 140 regulatory services workers at Barnet council have begun their industrial action against privatisation.

Barnet council is the guinea pig for the Tories’ flagship “easyCouncil” plan.

It will mean mass lay-offs and outsourcing of all services.

The Unison union members are fighting back. Their action includes refusing to answer calls, attend meetings or do other support work.

Their regulatory services department is first in line for the sell-off.

It includes workers in trading standards and licensing, land charges, environmental health, planning, highways, cemeteries, registrars and building control.

And their excellent vote for action—77 percent—shows the potential for escalation.

The dispute is formally over the identity of their employer—they are demanding that it remains the council.

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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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