For the past five years Barnet UNISON has been involved in a well documented mass privatisation fight with Barnet Council.
Now, as a direct result of the branch carrying out their trade union duties the Council is proposing to cut their facility time to zero as from 1 April 2014.
Barnet branch officers believe they are being forced out of the UNISON office and are going to have to try and represent, support and defend their members at a time when there is ongoing outsourcing to a number of private sector companies, the largest being Capita. Barnet Council is embarked on a race to outsource the whole of the Council in order it is can complete its desire to be 100% Commissioning Council.
We wish this was an April Fool’s joke but it is not.
Over the next months Barnet are going to issue weekly updates to supporters as they prepare for the 1 April 2014.
This is the biggest fight Barnet branch has ever experienced and they are looking for support from fellow trade union branches, members and the public.
Today they are asking us to do two things:
1. Sign their petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-gagging-local-unions-in-barnet-council and encourage everyone you know to sign it. If you have a Face book or Twitter account please circulate this petition.
2. This is a link http://youtu.be/o6I9kP6nCMg to an animation which explains the mass outsourcing in Barnet. If you have a Face book or Twitter account please circulate this animation.
If you have any questions or messages of support you can contact Barnet UNISON’s Branch Secretary, John Burgess by phone or email below:
0208 359 2088