The Socialist

The Socialist 5 June 2019

Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

The Socialist issue 1045

Corbyn must go on the offensive against the right with socialist policies


Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

Reverse the GP cuts

Theresa May admits tuition fees system is broken - but plans new attacks on students

Laughable research denies low-pay scandal

Them & Us


The Tiananmen Square massacre - 30 years on


Strike together to kick out the Tories!

Nationalise the threatened Glasgow 'Caley' railway depot

Welsh train fleet workers' victory

Fighting to stop school meals privatisation

UCU conference 2019: Preparing for struggle

Sexual harassment of LGBT+ workers shows need for unions to fight

Universal Credit workers' strike


India: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

Counter-revolution in Sudan


70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"


Tens of thousands march against Trump

Worcester libraries campaign victory

South Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

Protesters condemn Tory candidate

Step forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

LS26 campaign lobbies council to save their homes

Neglected Newham tenants demand action

Protest against Send education funding cuts

 
 
 
 
 

PO Box 24697, London, E11 1YD

020 8988 8777

editors@socialistparty.org.uk

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1045/29185

Seach this siteSearch the site

Printable versionPrintable version

Facebook

Twitter

Home   |   The Socialist 5 June 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Barnsley Unison lobby of council cabinet 29.5.19, photo A Tice

Barnsley Unison lobby of council cabinet 29.5.19, photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Fighting to stop school meals privatisation in Barnsley

Alistair Tice

You're Barnsley Labour council. You've already suffered some of the biggest Tory government funding cuts in the country. So you pay private consultants 21,500 for a 142 page report into the future of your council school meals service.

The report recommends that the council keeps and invests in the service. Your senior council officers ignore the report and recommend a "managed exit" from the service because it might not make a profit.

And the Labour council cabinet is due to decide whether to approve the plans on 29 May, then delayed to 24 June.

Step forward Barnsley Unison and the school meals staff and supporters. Nearly 100 lobbied the council cabinet on 29 May, then marched into Barnsley town centre, banging pots and pans.

A blow-up chef, "Sam and Ella catering", warned of the dangers of privatisation. Primary schoolboy Oliver said his mum is a dinner lady and she'd seen 'pack-ups' of just a bread sandwich and a chocolate bar!

Barnsley Unison lobby of council cabinet 29.5.19, photo A Tice

Barnsley Unison lobby of council cabinet 29.5.19, photo A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

So the union campaign is about protecting 220 jobs from being moved into the private sector and about continuing to provide locally sourced nutritious meals to 8,000 children in 49 schools.

While the lobby was protesting outside, Unison organiser Robyn Symonds had a meeting with the council leader inside.

After which, Robyn reported that the council had backed off from going ahead with its proposals and would consult with schools ("shouldn't they have done this first?") before making a decision.

This news was greeted with cheers, giving Unison more time to build the union membership and win even bigger community support for keeping the school meals service and jobs in-house.

If this doesn't stop the council plans, then industrial action will be needed. Last year, dinner ladies and teaching assistants took over 30 days of strike action to save their jobs at Ladywood primary school in Grimethorpe in Barnsley. Their victory will inspire all Barnsley's school meals staff that they can win too.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 30 May 2019 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


What we think

Corbyn must go on the offensive against the right with socialist policies


News

Tories deny dire poverty ...look around you! Boot out the Tories

Reverse the GP cuts

Theresa May admits tuition fees system is broken - but plans new attacks on students

Laughable research denies low-pay scandal

Them & Us


Tiananmen square

The Tiananmen Square massacre - 30 years on


Workplace news

Strike together to kick out the Tories!

Nationalise the threatened Glasgow 'Caley' railway depot

Welsh train fleet workers' victory

Fighting to stop school meals privatisation

UCU conference 2019: Preparing for struggle

Sexual harassment of LGBT+ workers shows need for unions to fight

Universal Credit workers' strike


International socialist news and analysis

India: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

Counter-revolution in Sudan


Nineteen Eighty-Four

70 years since the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four: "But if there was hope, it lay in the proles"


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Tens of thousands march against Trump

Worcester libraries campaign victory

South Yorkshire: No to fire service cuts!

Protesters condemn Tory candidate

Step forward for campaign to reverse mobility pass cuts in Nottingham

LS26 campaign lobbies council to save their homes

Neglected Newham tenants demand action

Protest against Send education funding cuts


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 June 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook