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5 February 2020

Reading Labour council: Stop privatising our leisure services

John Gillman and Terry Pearce, Reading Socialist Party

If the right-wing Labour council succeeds, a private company will be given a 25-year contract to design, build, operate and maintain Reading's sports centres.

The contractor, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), is known for bad pay and terms and conditions (page 7 for Bromley workers' victory against GLL).

It is a disgrace that a Labour council is carrying out this act of privatisation.

A wide range of local community and political groups - including the Socialist Party and Reading Trade Union Council - lobbied the council in opposition to the plans.

To defeat these proposals, we need a mobilisation of all the trade unionists working for the council, along with the Trade Union Council, local union branches, Labour Party members and community activists.