Barnet council workers strike against privatisation 7 October 2015

From Barnet Unison:

Barnet UNISON members whose jobs haven’t yet been outsourced will begin a 24 hour strike action on Wednesday 7 October (the strike excludes community schools).

The strike involves social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers, all of whom have made it clear they want to remain employees of Barnet Council and don’t want their jobs outsourced.

Picket lines on Wednesday October 7 will be at:

Barnet House from 7 am.

Mill Hill Depot—Starts 6 am onwards.

East Finchley Library—Start 9 am onwards.

Rally 12.30 – St Johns Church Hall, Friern Barnet Lane.

Read the rest (including council plans to cut library services) here.

Barnet council workers to strike against privatisation 7 October 2015

From Barnet Unison:

Barnet council UNISON members will begin a 24 hour strike action on Wednesday 7 October.

The dispute involves social workers, coach escorts, drivers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers. All have made it clear they don’t want their services or jobs outsourced.

Barnet Council is about to agree outsourcing and cuts across a number of council committees over the next four months which would see the number of staff employed by the council reduced to less than 300.

Read the rest here.

The hell with the Tories: Barnet council workers strike against mass privatisation

From Barnet Unison:

Barnet Unison members who still work for Barnet Council (that is, the people whose jobs that hopeless council hasn’t already cut or outsourced) begin a 48-hour strike on Monday 1 June against council plans to privatise a whole new mass of services.

People whose jobs are threatened by this latest wave of proposed outsourcing include coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, schools catering staff, education welfare officers, library workers, children centre workers and street cleaning and refuse workers. They have all made it very clear that they want to remain Barnet Council employees. They don’t want public services or their jobs outsourced.

“Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will place shareholders’ legal demands before local residents’ needs,” says Unison branch secretary John Burgess, rightly. “Our members don’t want to work for an employer which uses zero hours contracts. Our members don’t want to work for an employer which will not pay the London Living Wage as a basic minimum. That’s why 87% of our members working for the Council voted ‘Yes’ to taking strike action.”

Precisely.

I do like the way that the Tories try to argue that they need to curb the right to strike to protect essential public services. The truth is that people often need to strike to protect public services from Tories and privatisation. Ironic, innit.

Picket line information for tomorrow – get to the pickets if you can:

Monday 1 June

1. North London Business Park—From 7am
2. Mill Hill Depot—From 6am
3. East Finchley Library—From 9am

At 10.30am, strikers will travel to the Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ for a special screening of the Russell Brand Film “The Emperor’s New Clothes” starting at 12pm.

John McDonnell MP will lead on a Q&A session after the film.

Tuesday 2 June

1. North London Business Park (NLBP)—From 7am
2. Mill Hill Depot—From 6am
3. Edgware Library—Start  am onwards.

At 12pm, the strikers will march from the NLBP to St John’s Church Hall Friern Barnet Lane, N20 for a rally.

Other ways you can help:

Sign the petition to stop the outsourcing plans https://t.co/rMyBAeVDOQ

Follow @barnet_unison and #BarnetStrikes. Share updates!

Follow Barnet Unison on Facebook and like our page and share our posts.

Email messages of solidarity and support to contactus@barnetunison.org.uk

More strike action against useless Barnet council’s privatisation plans…

On 1&2 June, Barnet council workers will take further strike action against Barnet council’s highly unpopular plans to outsource even more council services.

The council is proposing to privatise the Education and Skills and School Meals services, the Library Service, Early Years: Children’s Centres and Street Scene Services. (Here’s a list of services threatened by outsourcing and services that have already been outsourced. You can also sign the petition against further privatisation).

There is a list of proposed picket times for Monday 1 June here.

Follow @barnet_unison for updates this week.

Solidarity to Barnet council workers on strike against ridiculous privatisation plans

 

Barnet council workers are on strike today and tomorrow against that hopeless council’s plans to outsource even more services.

Not content with the disastrous privatisation of services for disabled adults – those services were placed in the failed Your Choice Barnet trading company several years ago – the council now has plans to privatise the Education and Skills and School Meals services, the Library Service, Early Years: Children’s Centres and Street Scene Services. (Here’s a list of services threatened by outsourcing and a list of services that have already been outsourced. You can also sign the petition against further privatisation).

There is a full list of pickets for today and tomorrow and contact information for picket co-ordinators here.

Some tweets and pictures from the strikes that are underway today:

Follow @barnet_unison and #BarnetStrikes for updates today and tomorrow.

Barnet council workers to strike against privatisation of even more services

From Barnet Unison:

On Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May, Barnet council workers will strike against council plans to outsource even more council services.

The workers facing privatisation include: coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occupational therapists, library workers, children and family centre workers, street cleaning and refuse workers – all of whom have made it clear they want to remain employees of the council.

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “This dispute is all about how strongly our members feel about wanting to remain council employees. They don’t want to work for big multi nationals who will quickly dump the staff to another contractor if they are not making enough profit, which appears to be happening to 3,000 workers in Staffordshire. They don’t want to work for a company that won’t pay the London Living Wage. They don’t want to work for a company that uses zero hours contracts. They don’t want to work for a company that will take jobs out of the community they serve. They want to work for Barnet Council and remain directly accountable to the residents of Barnet.

“One of our members has written and produced a music campaign video called “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” which pretty much sums up the mood of our members:”

Follow @Barnet_Unison for updates.

Support the Sweets Way occupiers as they resist eviction in court today

Update from Sweets Way campaigners:


BUT – It ain’t over yet. A new social centre has been set up just outside the injunction zone.
Rock on.

Well done those campaigners.

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Original post:

From Sweets Way Resists:

We’re in court this morning fighting Annington Homes for our right to housing! They are not only demanding we leave our homes, but also trying to obtain an injunction to prevent us protesting on the estate.”

Come and show your support this morning (Monday 30 March):

9.30am
Barnet County Court, St Mary’s Court,
Regents Park Road, London N3 1BQ

Then afterwards with the residents…

https://www.facebook.com/events/433124830197068/

You can read more here about ways to support the protest.

For Monday morning: Sweets Way occupiers in court to fight evictions

From the Sweets Way campaign: support tomorrow morning if you can: Monday, March 23, 2015, 09:30, Barnet County Court – St Marys Court, Regents Park Rd, London N3 1BQ

Two weeks into a political occupation that has expanded from one to six homes on the Sweets Way Estate in Barnet, occupiers and residents will be going to court to challenge the replacement of perfectly good and truly affordable homes, with yet more luxury new builds.

Following the delivery of court papers, late in the afternoon on Thursday, March 19, residents, ex-residents and supporters of the Sweets Way Resists campaign will be going to Barnet County Court against private property developers Annington Homes on Monday, 23 March, at 10:00am. The campaign aims to challenge the legal processes used by Annington against the estate’s remaining residents, as well as those involved in the political occupation of 60 Sweets Way, during the company’s attempts to bulldoze the estate.

Supporters and families will also be gathering outside of the courts to stand in solidarity with those fighting the social cleansing of Sweets Way on the inside. Families and activists will be available to share their stories with the media. Continue reading

Barnet strike ballot starts to fight Barnet council outsourcing remaining workforce

From Barnet Unison:

Today Barnet Unison opened a strike ballot as part of its dispute with Barnet council to keep staff in council employment.

The ballot is a direct response to five commissioning projects agreed at a 3 March council meeting. The projects would mean outsourcing the majority of the workforce into a variety of alternative delivery models.

At the now-infamous 3 March council meeting (the mayor apparently stuffed his vote up and protestors broke up the meeting) the Conservative Administration voted through a decision to explore “other options” for directly delivering council services. The services are Libraries, Adults & Communities, Children’s Centres, Street Scene services and Education & Skills and School Meals.

UNISON estimates that this will mean upwards of 80% of the workforce will end up working for a different employer. According to a recent Barnet Council committee report, there are only 1,466 directly employed permanent staff.

Unison Branch Secretary John Burgess said:

“In December 2014, our branch conducted a poll of our members which produced the following feedback. 87% of our members want to remain employees of the London Borough of Barnet. 61% of our members said as a result of knowing they could be outsourced they are seriously looking to find employment elsewhere; 96% of our members expressed concern about being outsourced and 81% of members said morale was bad in their workforce. Feedback from the Poll and subsequent UNISON meetings reconfirms our members wish to remain Council employees which is why we are recommending a Yes vote in our strike ballot.”

See Barnet Unison for more.

Support Barnet careworkers as they strike against pay cuts this week

From Barnet Unison:

Unison members who are careworkers for the outsourced Barnet care company Your Choice Barnet (YCB) will take further strike action this week in protest at the harsh 9.5% pay cut imposed on them by their employer. The strike dates are 24 and 25 February.

This will make a total of eight days of strike action since the dispute began. The careworkers provide support and care services to disabled adults in Barnet. They say the service is deteriorating as a result of cuts.

Unison Branch Secretary John Burgess said:

“The driving motivation for our members in this dispute is their fears about what is happening to the quality of services. Low pay in the care sector does not deliver high quality services. It does not appear to work for Capita, we are at a loss as to understand why this would work for care workers in YCB.”

Barnet Unison says the council has clearly been giving preferential treatment to its private contractors with the news of Capita has already received £110 million in the first 16 months of the two contracts. If YCB were to receive this, it would carry on producing a service to the residents on the scale it does for the next 18 years with no pay cut to staff!

24 & 25 February picket line details

Flower Lane Day Centre
41 Flower Lane
Barnet
London NW7 2JN

Rosa Morrison Day Centre
83 Gloucester Road
Totteridge
Barnet
London EN5 1NA

follow @barnet_unison for updates from the pickets.

The start times are 7.30am to 12noon. See Barnet Unison for more details.

Please sign and share the petition to save services for disabled adults in Barnet from this ongoing privatisation and destruction:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-ongoing-destruction-of-services-for-adults-with-disabilities-in-barnet