First of all I need to update everyone that we managed to hold on to our UNISON office and to our facility time. Tonight 63 Barnet Councillors are going to vote on the proposal to outsource 81% of the existing Council workforce. Our story has been covered in the Guardian by Aditya Chakrabortty: “Outsourced and unaccountable: this is the future of local government”
By the comments being left it is taking place across all of public services. BUT there are more and more shocking headlines emerging I have produced some of them below:
The makes it very clear that public services funding will be reduced to 1930’s levels. I have checked, there weren’t many public services in 1930’s, which does mean the end of local government. But it isn’t stopping a local government with 70% of NHS contracts already handed to the private sector.
Two weeks ago we submitted a joint Trades Dispute with the GMB in response to the mass outsourcing proposals. Today our branch submitted to our region a request for a formal industrial action ballot as this is the only response to the draconian proposals we are now facing. It is untenable not to mount a fight that is directed at our member’s Terms & Conditions, Pay and Pensions.
Some branches may be able fight battle alone but it is obvious this is a national matter which needs a national response and quickly.
Solidarity to all and good luck in your fights in 2015.
Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON
DS members have been supporting the UNITE Defence Support Group picket lines at Bovington.