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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 June 2015

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

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In The Socialist 3 June 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Strikes get results

Tories deepen housing crisis

Labour leadership 'choice' confirms need for new party

Bruised and Blattered - Fifa's boss eventually resigns

Finance capital - taking Liborties

Setting the anti-war record straight

Filipino nurses fight Daily Mail smears

Them & Us


Socialist history

The lessons of Labour's 1945 victory

Heysel: How socialist councillors built bridges


Socialist Party youth and students

Budget Day: Smash Tory austerity!

Queen's Speech protests: determination to fight back

Sri Lankan students protest


Socialist Party workplace news

Lewisham academy schools plans dropped

Victory for Kone strikers!

Glasgow council concedes over pay grading

Network Rail forced to make new offer

PCS members rally in Trafalgar Square

Bromley anti-privatisation action continues

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: left 'popular unity' lists win key victories

Britain: end deportations - solidarity needed

Chile: 200,000 protest in Santiago

Hong Kong: refugee campaign victory


Readers' comment

Mental health services gutted by Labour cuts

How the unemployed are targeted with sanctions

Human rights hypocrisy


 

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