Barnet UNISON issue proposed timetable for strike action over a six week period

Barnet UNISON Press Release: 9 April 2015 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barnet UNISON issue proposed timetable for strike action over a six week period

Yesterday 87% of UNISON members working for Barnet “easyCouncil” voted YES  to strike action.

The Trades Dispute with London Borough of Barnet is over staff remaining in employment with Barnet Council.

The proposed strike timetable is as follows:

  • Tuesday 21 April & Wednesday 22 April (2 days)
  • Friday 1 May & Tuesday 5 May (2 days)
  • Thursday 21 May & Friday 22 May (2 days)
  • Monday 1 June & Tuesday 2 June (2 days)

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said: We had a meeting today with our reps and everyone agreed that one day strikes are a waste of time. The implications of no longer working for the Council are a serious concern for our members, who read almost on a daily basis news of outsourced staff facing redundancies and attacks to their Terms & Conditions. One of our members has written and produced a campaign music video called “The easyCouncil Loco-motion” which pretty sums up how our members feel at the moment take a look here

Notes to Editors.

Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or 0208 359 2088 or email:


  1. Disappearing Council – short animation
  2. “The easyCouncil Loco-motion”


Statement on Austerity

“But there is an alternative to this failed economic model. Firstly, we need to address the chronic imbalance between capital and labour. Living wage week, which starts on Monday, should provide a stark reminder that in low-pay Britain one in five workers earns less than the living wage. We need a concerted effort to raise workers’ wages, from encouraging employers to pay the living wage to introducing new wage councils. And of course we need more of the most effective way of all to boost pay – collective bargaining.” (Frances O Grady November 4th, 2013)