Residents should know that Barnet Unison members in the council's Development and Regulatory Services are currently taking industrial action short of a strike. This is in response to the fact that they are to be transferred to a private sector employer when these services are privatised as part of One Barnet/Future Shape/easyCouncil.
The union has written many documents on the shortcomings of the process leading to these privatisations. Detailed examination of the council's business case for privatisting DRS is available here and here.
The council's business case is here.
Councillor Robert Rams, famous for seeking the axing of Barnet's museums, now writes a blog (is he a one-handed or a two-fingered blogger? What is sure is he does it using a BlackBerry). He is promising to write (a blogpost!) about the union's detailed critique of One Barnet. Well, that's more than any other Tory councillor or the whole administration has done. He's game, I'll say that for him.
See Mrs Angry's Broken Barnet blog on how Tory Suffolk council has fallen out of love with outsourcing and connections with the folk here in Barnet.
Meanwhile, here's more from the Barnet Unison newsletter to make your hair stand on end:
One Barnet Projects in May
This month a number of significant decisions are going to be made
Adult Social Care
On 24 May at Cabinet Resources Committee (CRC) a decision on the possible transfer of staff working in Social Care to a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) will be made. UNISON has raised serious concerns about this proposal in our submission to cabinet last year. The Business Case will only become public a few days before the CRC meets. UNISON has lobbied for more time to consult with our members of what will be a major change to their terms and conditions, but our efforts are being ignored.
The Business Case has been agreed by Corporate Directors Group but controversially will not be going to any Council Committee. Early next week the Business Case will be made public and we will be seeking urgent meetings with UNISON members working in parking services.