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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2019

Unite GLL pay campaign

Greenwich Unite library campaigners in 2012, photo Paul Mattsson

Greenwich Unite library campaigners in 2012, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Unite the Union has launched a pay campaign targeting GLL. The company, operating under brand name 'Better', competes for leisure and library contracts around the country.

They promise to run services up to 25% more cheaply than local councils by paying workers less, offering lower terms and conditions and employing two-thirds of staff on zero-hour contracts.

Some companies, like Veolia, rule out negotiating across councils. Unite says this must now be challenged - starting with GLL.

GLL claims to be worker-led. This is nonsense. What kind of worker-led organisation allows a clause in contracts which states that, when the company is in financial trouble, it reserves the right to cut pay by 5%?

GLL is often held up as an alternative to privatisation. The truth is that local government services belong in local government.

Unite is clear about what the answer must be - balanced, no-cuts, no-privatisation budgets, using reserves and borrowing to plug gaps, while mounting a joint campaign with the community and trade unions to win the necessary funding from central government.

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