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Bromley Council may face strike action over outsourcing policy

PUBLISHED: 08:58 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:58 24 January 2018

Colin Smith, leader of Bromley council

Colin Smith, leader of Bromley council

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Bromley Council could face strike action by workers at two of its contractors, which could hit libraries and care services in the borough.

The ballots for strike action by staff at 14 libraries employed by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), and care workers working for Certitude Support at the Astley day centre will start this week.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Tory-controlled Bromley Council has been a major cheerleader or the privatisation of public services, but GLL and Certitude Support have woefully failed to live up to the public service ideal.

“These companies are two stark examples which strongly reinforce the case that the public sector is best placed to deliver public services – and such services should be taken back in-house.”

The ballots come as the question of the outsourcing of public services is being put under the microscope following the Carillion debacle.

Council leader, Colin Smith, maintains that GLL have provided a good service to councils of both political leanings, and that the transfer of Bromley’s library service to their management has gone well.

He added: “It has only been by Bromley Council adopting the innovative approach we have, which has enabled us to adjust to significant reductions in grant from government.”

He added: “It really is unfortunate that Unite, once again, are trying to exploit more widespread concerns around the collapse of Carillion, into what appears to be a politically motivated local strike which risks disruption to cherished services.

“As such, I would urge the relevant workforces to very carefully consider the facts behind, and reasoning for the timing, of the strike call.”

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