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Council workers resist outsourcing in Barnet and Bromley

Issue No. 2456

Strikers march through Barnet

Strikers march through Barnet (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Unison union members in Barnet, north London, held a council-wide strike on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

They’re fighting Tory council bosses’ plans to outsource more services and 80 percent of jobs. 

Workers picketed key council workplaces and held a march and rally on Tuesday afternoon.

One social worker told Socialist Worker, “This is all tied in with the Tory ideology. But social work shouldn’t be subject to market forces—that’s why I’m striking.” 

The assault on jobs, pay and conditions in Barnet shows why every council worker must resist outsourcing, which is gathering pace across Britain. 

Unison branch chair Helen Davies (pc) told Socialist Worker, “We hope to strike alongside other workers in dispute when the Tories unleash their budget on 8 July.”

Meanwhile, Unite union members in Bromley, south London, have announced a further wave of strikes. 

Tory council bosses are driving through plans that will cut the council’s directly employed workforce from 4,000 to 300.  

Adult services and transport workers are set to strike from 10 to 15 June and library staff from 13 to 20 June. They plan a council-wide strike on 16 June. 

Unite has also organised a People and Services First march through Bromley for 13 June. 

For Barnet send solidarity messages to contactus@barnetunison.org.uk
Donate to Barnet Unison Industrial Action Fund, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
For Bromley send solidarity to kathleen.smith@bromley.gov.uk
Send donations to Kathy Smith, Unite Office, Bromley Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, BR1 3UH (cheques payable to Bromley Unite)

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