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WOMEN WORKERS LOSE AS COUNCILS TENDER OUT SERVICES

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A report for the Equal Opportunities Commission obtained by the paper reveals that women, minority groups and disab...
A report for the Equal Opportunities Commission obtained by the paper reveals that women, minority groups and disabled workers have lost out on pay, employment and pension protection because of compulsory tendering out of council jobs, reported The Guardian (11 Feb, p10).

The report, which is still being edited, says there has been a 21% loss of jobs in building, cleaning, education, catering, sport and leisure management and refuse collection since the government imposed compulsory tending in 1988, but the effect on women is masked because 97% of the jobs are done by them, the paper reported.
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