UNISON members unhappy at news that as many as 80% of council workers may soon be working for privatise companies

Barnet UNISONUNISON members working for Barnet Council are to ballot to strike action over the outsourcing of the majority of the workforce.

The union believes as many as 80% of workers will end up being employed by private companies to run the borough’s libraries, children centres, street scene services, education and skills and school meals, and adult and community services.

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “Barnet Council staff are an incredible, resourceful & understanding workforce, who have been subjected to unacceptable levels of change and stress.

“The adoption of the five commissioning outsourcing projects makes it very clear to all staff that the council is not interested in retaining in-house services. This is an ideological assault on public services and our branch is drawing a line in the sand by declaring this ballot. Austerity politics is driving an anti-in-house services agenda which we reject and are asking our members to reject.”

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