Workers at Barnet Council in north London were set to strike during the Tory party conference to highlight the danger of outsourcing local government services.
The Unison union members plan to walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday of next week against another wave of privatisation at the Tory-run council.
Barnet Unison chair Helen Davies (pc) explained, “We want to show the reality of mass privatisation policies. Barnet Tories are putting this into practice.”
The council has already outsourced hundreds of Barnet workers. Barnet council’s latest plans could see children’s centres, libraries and social work farmed out.
Trade unionists at Edinburgh City Council celebrated a partial victory last week after Labour and Scottish National Party councillors said they wouldn’t privatise services.
But the fight is far from over—up to 3,000 jobs are still under threat.
The coalition still wants to make £141 million cuts in the next four years.
Talks with unions are expected over the next couple of weeks before new cuts plans go to a committee at the end of October.
A mass lobby of the meeting is being organised.
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