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Local government round-up

08 September 2015
A 10-day strike by Doncaster council workers planned for Friday of last week was suspended at the 11th hour following a dramatic climbdown by bosses. Plus short stories on the fight for Barnet libraries and pay deal at Scottish councils.

London council workers coordinate strikes to stop service privatisation

14 July 2015
Strikes against Tory privatisation at two London councils grew in strength as council workers walked out on Wednesday of last week. 

Council workers resist outsourcing in Barnet and Bromley

02 June 2015
Unison union members in Barnet, north London, held a council-wide strike on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

Barnet strikers determined to resist council's latest outsourcing plans

05 May 2015
Barnet Council workers struck for two days last week against another wave of outsourcing at the Tory-run north London authority.

Strikes called at Barnet against council outsourcing

21 April 2015
The Unison union at Barnet Council in north London has announced its members are set to walk out on strike for two days on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Barnet care workers strike back against Tory service cuts

31 March 2015
A struggle by care workers in Barnet, north London to defend pay and a quality care service has got bosses on the ropes. It’s bad news for the council privatisers, reports Raymie Kiernan

Your Choice Barnet care workers choose another walkout against pay cut

24 March 2015
Unison union members at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London were set to begin a three?day strike on Wednesday of this week against a 9.5 percent pay cut.

Barnet Unison union ballot over outsourcing

17 March 2015
Tory-controlled Barnet council in north London has provoked a major strike ballot of Unison union members against mass outsourcing.

Occupation in Barnet continues London housing fightback

10 March 2015
Tenants and supporters have occupied a newly empty house on the Sweets Way estate in Barnet, north London.

Barnet care row reveals cash flaws in Tory business plan

30 September 2014
Tory-run Barnet Council in north London is giving preferential treatment to private firms over its own local authority trading company, Your Choice Barnet (YCB).

Care workers set to coordinate further action with national public sector strikes

23 September 2014
Care workers in the Unison union struck last week in their dispute over pay with bosses at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London.

Your Choice Barnet care workers strike against pay cut

02 September 2014
Care workers at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London are set to strike on Monday and Tuesday of next week against a 9.5 percent pay cut.

Local government round-up

17 June 2014
Barnet | Kirlees | Scotland

Demonstrators take over meeting at Barnet's 'easyCouncil'

11 December 2012
Protesters in Barnet, north London, took over a council meeting as the Tory cabinet voted to hand £750 million of services to private firm Capita.

Fat cat of the week

08 May 2012
Brian Coleman was the highest paid Tory councillor in Britain, pocketing nearly £130,000 a year from four "jobs"But he lost his seat in the London Assembly elections—and will now likely lose up to £90,000Still, at least he’ll keep £40,000 as a cabinet member at Barnet council

North London library occupied to stop closure

05 April 2012
Campaigners have occupied Friern Barnet library in north London on the day it was set to close.

Barnet council workers strike against big sell off

09 February 2012
Striking Barnet council workers bellowed out a determined chant from their picket line on Thursday morning, "Say no to easyCouncil".

Councils - action over pay cuts and privatisation

07 February 2012
Council workers in Barnet were set to strike on Thursday of this week in the latest stage of their long-running battle against privatisation.

A hard fight to stop easyCouncil in Barnet

04 February 2012
Council workers in Barnet, north London, plan to strike for a third time against privatisation on Thursday of next week.

'easyCouncil' strikes back

18 October 2011
Some 300 council workers in Barnet, north London, struck on Tuesday of this week in their battle against privatisation.

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