UNISON take action over plans to privatise council jobs

Barnet UNISON iUNISON members who still work for Barnet Council are today on strike over outsourcing.

The council is about to agree a number of outsourcing and cuts across a number of council committees over the next four months which would see the number of staff employed by the council reduced to fewer than 300.

The workers, who include social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning & refuse workers, want to remain employees of Barnet Council.

UNISON branch secretary John Burgess said: “Our members want to work for the council, they want to be directly accountable to the residents of Barnet. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will have to place the shareholders’ legal demands before local residents’ needs.

“Our members don’t want to work for an employer which uses zero hours contracts. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will not pay the London Living Wage as a basic minimum. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which won’t allow their colleagues to belong to their Pension Scheme, and our members don’t want to work for an employer which will take jobs out of the borough.

“That’s why 87% of our members working for the Council voted ‘Yes’ to taking strike action. So far the council has failed to come close to agreeing to any one of these demands.”


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