CAMDEN COUNCIL in north London has been forced into a massive retreat over its threat to privatise caretaking services. This is the result of a big campaign which has united tenants and council workers.
Tenants organised a barrage of letters to the local paper and two large public meetings. The campaign threatened to expose which councillors were for privatisation by a naming and shaming poster campaign in their own wards. This caused a huge row in the Labour group which gave confidence to caretakers in UNISON to hold a mass meeting of 130 workers and talk about industrial action.
Last week the council announced that there will be no privatisation of caretaking, and it is putting an extra �250,000 into the service, creating 16 new posts.