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UNION FAILS IN LIVERPOOL JOBS CHALLENGE

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A high court bid by the GMB union to save more than 500 Liverpool City Council jobs has failed, reported The Daily ...
A high court bid by the GMB union to save more than 500 Liverpool City Council jobs has failed, reported The Daily Post (24 Oct, p5).

The court ruled in favour of the government after the union challenged a decision made by the department of the environment, transport and the regions earlier this year which said the council was wrong to award a contract to its own in-house grounds maintenance department, when a private firm had put in a cheaper bid.

Mick Titherington, of the GMB, said: 'We are disappointed. It now means the uncertainty surrounding the jobs of our members continues. I think it is time for the council to make a clear statement about what it is going to do.'

Council leader Mike Storey insisted jobs would be protected. He said: 'The issue is of delivering a best value service. The jobs will be protected. It's just that the service might be delivered by someone else.'
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