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Whitehaven 9th March Protest

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GMB Protest On 9th March In Whitehaven Over Outsourcing Of Services At Copeland Council

The decision taken by the Council to move in this direction is short sighted given a Mayor is due to be elected in May this year says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff in the public sector, is holding a demonstration outside the Copeland Centre in Whitehaven at 8.30am on Monday 9th March 2015 against the decision of Copeland Borough Council to outsource its services to the private sector

This is part of a campaign by GMB, Unison and Unite, representing staff at Copeland Borough Council, against the decision of Copeland Borough Council to outsource its services to the private sector, and to invite potential bidders for the services to visit the council headquarters.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 8.30am Monday 9th March,

Outside Copeland Borough Council,
The Copeland Centre,
Catherine Street,
Whitehaven,
Cumbria CA28 7SJ.

Dan Gow, GMB Regional Organiser, said “We realise that Copeland Borough Council is facing difficult times owing to major budget cuts from Central Government.

However the commissioning of services to the private sector will do little to bridge any imposed funding gaps. In fact GMB consider that the sell-off of services will lead to greater problems for the council in the future.  There is no evidence that the commissioning of services will offer value for money and quality services to the residents of Copeland.

History has shown that privatisation will clearly have a huge impact on terms and conditions whilst private employers seek to increase profit margins from their contracts.

Staff are feeling very worried over their futures and are in the process of gathering signatures calling for a vote of no confidence in the Chief Executive and Senior Managers at the Council. 

GMB consider that the decision taken by the Council to move in this direction is short sighted given a Mayor is due to be elected in May this year.”

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Contact: Dan Gow GMB  07506711676 or 01946 67245 or Chris Jukes 07870 176733 or 0191 233 3930

 

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