Barnet strikes against sell-off

Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 10:06
Posted by Scott Buckler

Hundreds of UNISON members in Barnet, north London, will be on strike tomorrow in the latest action against the One Barnet project which would see the overwhelming majority of them transferred to private companies in deals worth around £2bn

The scheme could see 70% of staff losing their jobs or being transferred to private companies. Ultimately, council bosses want to reduce the authority's workforce to just a few hundred commissioning staff.

This will be the fourth strike by UNISON members in the borough - and as in previous action they will be using the day to support the local community whose services they are dedicated to supplying.

Tomorrow, a team of members on strike will leave the pickets lines to donate their labour to the 'Larches Community' a charity in Edgware which provides services for adults with learning difficulties.

This repeats the support members gave to the charity during the last strike action in October.

General secretary Dave Prentis praised the Barnet members standing up for their services and jobs against "a council that refuses to listen to its workforce; a council that refuses to listen to logic or sense; a council now embarking on a reckless gamble."

With attacks on services and jobs, and attempts to privatise services, increasing across public services throughout the country, Mr Prentis assured the striking north London members: "Your fight is our fight."


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