THE FIGHT is continuing against privatisation, cuts and job losses pushed through by Hackney council in east London. Workers in all the main unions are voting in strike ballots. If the votes are positive a strike is planned for 18 December. Over 100 local people came to a community conference last weekend. It brought together trade unionists, groups defending services, and individuals. Journalist and campaigner George Monbiot joined campaigners lobbying a council meeting last week.
- CAMPAIGNERS in Haringey, north London, were cheered last week by the news that a sell off is to be reversed.
The refuse collection service in the area is set to be taken over by the council again before Christmas. Haringey council had contracted the service out to Hackney council. But Hackney council has since declared it wants privatisation. Haringey council was under pressure because refuse workers were threatening to strike in the run-up to Christmas.
- AROUND 200 workers, mainly manual workers and GMB members, were out on strike on Friday of last week and again on Monday against Torfaen Labour council's attempt to worsen their terms and conditions through privatisation.
- KEEP UP the fight against privatisation. Lobby Bradford council, Sunday 12 December, 3pm, City Hall.