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Privatisation plan beaten in Edinburgh

by Duncan Smith, branch chair Edinburgh Unison (pc)
Issue No. 2287

A special meeting of councillors in Edinburgh last Thursday voted by 31 to 23 to end plans to privatise a swathe of council services.

The council wanted to make cuts of £90 million, transferring three major groups of services and up to 4,000 staff to private companies.

In response trade unionists and anti-cuts groups launched the Our City’s Not For Sale campaign.

This campaign included big public meetings, petitions, street stalls, and lobbying of councillors, MPs, and MSPs.

Our first success was in November when the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) split with their Lib Dem coalition partners and voted to keep environmental services in-house.

This was repeated last week when the SNP voted against their partners again to keep facilities management in-house.

The third contract was withdrawn.

None of this would have happened without relentless pressure from our campaign.

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Tue 24 Jan 2012, 18:08 GMT
Issue No. 2287
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