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The Socialist 3 June 2015 |
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Bromley anti-privatisation action continues
Bromley local authority workers in south London will continue their campaign against the privatisation of council services with strikes on 10-20 June
The Tory-led council plans to outsource almost all services, reducing the number of direct council employees from 4,000 to 300.
The parks service was transferred to the Landscape Group on 1 June, which immediately announced redundancies. The council has also agreed to hand learning disability services to private company Certitude.
Bromley council is also withdrawing all union facilities from Unite, including the legal right to carry out trade union duties including representing individual staff. Unite offered to pay for facility time, but this was rejected by the council.
Adult services and transport workers will be striking on 10-15 June, Library staff 13-20 June, with other council workers out on 16 June. A march through Bromley will take place on 13 June, assembling 12noon at Norman Park, Bromley Common BR2 9EF.
Unite members at Veolia Bromley, which has the contract for council waste services, will be balloted for strike action after they rejected a 1.5% pay offer following years of below inflation pay increases