Barnet UNISON Press Release: 17 April 2015
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 17/04/2015 - 09:27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barnet UNISON confirm dates of first wave of strike action
Following the announcement last week that 87% of UNISON members working for Barnet “easyCouncil” voted YES to strike action a consultation with our reps and members has produced a timetable for strike action starting with two days of strike action on:
Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May.
The Trades Dispute with London Borough of Barnet is over staff remaining in employment with Barnet Council. The dispute will involve a range of of workers for example coach escorts, drivers, social workers, occucpational therpaists, Library workers, children & family centre workers, street cleaning & 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 profitwhich 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 to work for Barnet Council and remain directly accountableto 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 take a look here https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM
Notes to Editors.
Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or 0208 359 2088 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Union officer 'flabbergasted' by 3,000 jobs transfer
2. Disappearing Council – short animation https://youtu.be/YQ5t63fSu-s
3. “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” https://youtu.be/Wi0bdgofsmM