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GMB Victory On Birmingham Nurseries

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

GMB CLAIMS VICTORY AS PAUSE SECURED ON COUNCIL PLANS TO PRIVATISE BIRMINGHAM’S COMMUNITY DAY NURSERIES

Victory for community campaign sees union’s alternative proposals forced onto the table for proper consideration - as Council's plan is paused

GMB, the union for childcare workers, has secured a pause on plans to privatise all of Birmingham’s community nurseries.

Birmingham City Council had sparked outrage with their proposals to outsource the city’s fourteen community nurseries.

After a meeting today, GMB said the Council had agreed to put an 8-week pause on the proposals while its alternative plan could receive the proper consideration it deserves.

The move opens the prospect of a 12 month trial for the alternative proposals and the reversing of the Council’s decision.

Building on the lobby of the council and the 1,500 strong petition, GMB has been working with stakeholders to identify practical and sustainable alternatives.

These are set out in the document - Alternative Proposals for BCC Day Nurseries (see attached).

Gill Ogilvie, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“We’re delighted that the Council has seen sense today and put a pause on the privatisation of Birmingham’s day nurseries, which are a lifeline for so many.

“Our fight to ensure these vital services are delivered in the public sector is not over yet, but this is a significant step forward.

“Now it’s time for our practical and sustainable alternative plan, which has received huge support from parents and staff, to get the proper consideration it deserves.

 “We now hope that councillors will work with us to progress our proposals and, together, support much needed community nursery provision in Birmingham.”

ENDS

Contact: Gil Ogilvie on 07850 768351 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

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