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STUC REJECTS GLASGOW TRANSFER PLANS

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The Scottish Trades Union Congress yesterday signalled its strong opposition to plans by Glasgow City Council to tr...
The Scottish Trades Union Congress yesterday signalled its strong opposition to plans by Glasgow City Council to transfer its entire housing stock to a private housing association, reports The Scotsman (p1).

The rejection of the move came despite a personal plea from Scottish first minister Donald Dewar. The vote by delegates followed the launch of the campaign for a 'no' vote in a tenants' ballot next spring.

But Bob Allan, director of development at Glasgow Housing Partnership, the body which will facilitate the planned transfer, said: 'We note with interest the reservations expressed by today's STUC conference. Glasgow Housing Partnership is confident that the council will look at the housing proposals on offer an vote accordingly.'

But Sean Clerkin, the chairman of the Glasgow Campaign Against the Housing Stock Transfer, which represents more than 50 tenants' associations, said the executive's plans would lead to mass 'social cleansing' with communities being broken up and disperesed to the outskirts of the city.
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