AROUND 500 council workers met last week in one of the biggest union meetings in Sandwell in the West Midlands for many years. They voted unanimously to campaign against the New Labour council's plans to privatise their jobs through the setting up of an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) to run housing.
Union officials from the TGWU and Unison unions outlined the threat of job losses, pay cuts and other attacks on terms and conditions. All the unions in Sandwell council are now mandated to campaign with tenants against the ALMO. The meeting has given activists a real lift.
Tony Barnsley, Sandwell Unison (personal capacity)