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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2019
Unite GLL pay campaign
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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