Unions have accused Barnet Council of cutting facility time for their members in a bid to silence their anti-privatisation campaign. The authority says is will stop all facility time for GMB and UNISON members from April 1st. Now the unions have asked …

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Unions have accused Barnet Council of cutting facility time for their members in a bid to silence their anti-privatisation campaign.
The authority says is will stop all facility time for GMB and UNISON members from April 1st. Now the unions have asked fellow trade unionists to petition the council in order to chance the leader’s mind.

Barnet UNISON branch secretary John Burgess said:

“For the past five years our branch has been involved in a well-documented mass privatisation fight with Barnet Council. As a direct result of our carrying out our trade union duties the council is proposing to cut our facility time to zero as from 1 April 2014.

“The reality is that our branch officers are being forced out of the UNISON office and we are going to have to try and represent, support and defend our members at a time where we have ongoing outsourcing to a number of private sector companies, the largest being Capita. Our Council is embarked on a race to outsource the whole of the Council in order it is can complete its desire to be 100% Commissioning Council.

“I wish this was an April Fool’s joke but it is not. We are not going quietly. This is the biggest fight our branch has ever experienced and we are looking for support from fellow trade union branches, members and public.”

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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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