UNISON members meet today to decide strategy for combating outsourcing

Barnet UNISONUNISON members working for Barnet Council have voted by 87% for more strike action over outsourcing more core council services.

Councillors last month agreed to outsource education & skills and school Meals services, the library service, the  Early Years children’s centres, adult social care and street scene services.

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “The vote was never in doubt. The workforce in Barnet is amazing and resilient workforce. The vote confirms that that our members have had enough of the ideological obsession with outsourcing.

“The Council does not value the workforce which can be seen when unpaid overtime and long hours are never recognised when putting together bids for outsourcing projects. The fact that the council refuses to run in-house comparators has made it clear to our members that their future employment with the council is threatened.”

The workers are meeting today to decide how long, and when, the strike will be.

UNISON members have carried out several strikes over outsourcing at the council, the most recent over job cuts following the outsourcing of social care services.

The cuts were made by Your Choice Barnet, the private company that has slashed 30% of jobs since taking over the running of social care services for Barnet Council two years ago.


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