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Councils - action over pay cuts and privatisation

Issue No. 2289

Council workers in Barnet were set to strike on Thursday of this week in the latest stage of their long-running battle against privatisation.

The Unison union members are fighting Tory plans nicknamed “easyCouncil” which would see all their jobs outsourced.

Up to 400 workers will strike, this time including social services workers. They face being made to work from a call centre.

Private sector fat cats are lined up to bid for contracts worth £2 billion from the council—money that the union says will end up coming out of services and workers’ pay.

A parking contract has already been handed to private firm NSL, which plans to force up to 30 workers to move from Barnet to its office in Croydon.

This will be the third strike by workers at the council in their battle to defeat the plans.

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Workers in the Unison, Unite and GMB unions at Cheshire West and Chester council are set to walk out for two hours on Tuesday of next week.

Bosses are trying to force workers to sign new contracts under threat of the sack.

The contracts bring in worse terms including cuts in overtime pay, shift pay and car allowances.

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Council workers in Southampton are to lobby a council meeting at 1pm next Wednesday.

The Unison and Unite members will gather to say, “One year on, council workers still say no to pay cuts.” Their next strike is planned for 10 April.

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Tue 7 Feb 2012, 18:06 GMT
Issue No. 2289
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