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Campaigners build bonfire against privatisation outside Hendon Town Hall
Unions, campaign leaders and residents gathered around a bonfire outside Hendon Town Hall to demonstrate against the privatisation of public services.
Dozens of protestors gathered around the flames armed with banners and sparklers ahead of tonight’s full council meeting in The Burroughs.
As well as protesting against Barnet Borough Council’s decision to sell off services to private firm, Capita, campaigners also made a stand against privatisation of the NHS, the Royal Mail sell-off, rising energy bills, the “bedroom tax” and housing benefit changes.
Joining the protest were members of Barnet Alliance for Public Services, Barnet National Union of Teachers, trade union Napo and Barnet UNISON which represents approximately 3,000 council workers, school staff and contractors.
John Burgess, branch secretary of Barnet UNISON, said: “It’s all to do with what privatisation is doing to our community – it’s destroying it.
"As a local branch we have seen a chunk of services handed over to Capita. Now 350 jobs could be lost to the community.”
Capita has started a 90-day consultation period to move back-office services out of Barnet to offices in Banstead, Blackburn, Belfast, Bromley, Carlisle, Coventry, Darlington, Sheffield, and Weybridge.
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