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SLOUGH STREET CLEANERS AND HIGHWAYS WORKERS TO STRIKE OVER PRIVATISATION

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Slough BC's decision to put both the street cleansing and highways services into the hands of a contractor has prom...
Slough BC's decision to put both the street cleansing and highways services into the hands of a contractor has prompted workers to back strike action in protest against the move.

T&G regional industrial organiser Bob Middleton said: 'This is a last resort move by very worried workers. Our members do not wish to take strike action but have been forced to do so because the council are not prepared to change their mind about contracting out these essential services.

'There is no justification for this. There is no evidence that the street cleansing department is running at a loss - in fact our information is that this department is running at a profit. In an attempt to try to resolve this matter we have put two proposals to the council for their consideration - but if they are not prepared to consider these proposals, then we will have no option but to commence strike action on Friday 10 May'.

The T&G will have picket lines outside the council work places and will be asking T&G members not involved in the dispute and members of other unions not to cross the picket lines. The T&G has been campaigning nationally to keep services public.

A spokeswoman for the council said today:

'Slough BC is committed to keeping the streets clean for the people who live and work in the town. Measures will be taken by the council to ensure that the town is kept clean if the strike goes ahead.'

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