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NORWICH PRIVATISAION HITS TROUBLE

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Union leaders in Norwich plan to hold a ballot on strike action next week following the breakdown of talks over the...
Union leaders in Norwich plan to hold a ballot on strike action next week following the breakdown of talks over the privatisation of service unit City Works.

The Eastern Daily Press reports Norwich City Council has abandoned preferred bidder Accord, who guaranteed the jobs of all 900 City Works employees, after talks over the£270m deal broke down last month.

The council is now talking to alternative bidders Team Norwich who propose possible job losses of up to 100.

Council leader Barbara Simpson told 300 demonstrating workers: 'I'm as sorry as you are. Every day we don't have a contract it costs the council money.'

City Works deals with rubbish collection, highway repairs and building maintenance.
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