Councils round-upOVER 300 people voted for a ballot on strikes at the annual general meeting of the Bradford council UNISON union branch last week against council plans for new terms and conditions.
These would fast track redundancy, meaning workers could be sacked without any appeal. It is part of Bradford council's plan to allow staff to be transferred to private employers. Over the last few months Bradford trades council has run a lively Campaign Against Privatisation, which has seen a large public meeting and two large lobbies of the council. They need to build on this.
AROUND 150 angry care workers from the UNISON, TGWU and GMB unions besieged Hull's Guildhall on Friday of last week against the proposed closure and privatisation of old people's homes. Protesters who got into the meeting emerged jubilant after councillors agreed to shelve the proposals in favour of an independent review. PHIL SANDERSON, UNISON steward (personal capacity)
NEWHAM COUNCIL in east London has disgracefully decided to privatise Playbarn, which is currently the only affordable and inclusive play facility for children in the borough.
The parents only found out about the decision when an advert appeared in a local newspaper inviting tenders. A Playbarn worker said, "The government claim they care about family values. What they are doing here is exactly the opposite. This is not what we voted for when we elected them."
The campaign to save Playbarn organised an angry lobby of a council meeting last week and achieved the concession that the summer play scheme will go ahead.
- STEVE WEST