Category Archives: Public Services

Bring the Parking Service back in-house – Barnet UNISON

On Thursday 11 January 2018, from 6 pm at Hendon Town Hall the Environment Committee are considering a report written by a consultant as to whether the Parking contract should be brought back in-house or whether the Council should waste more public money putting the contract out to tender,

You can view the agenda item on the work programme for the Environment Committee here

Barnet UNISON issued “For A Better, Fairer, Democratically Accountable Barnet.” Policy statement.

Our policy statement states: “work towards bringing services already outsourced back in-house including NSL.”

Barnet UNISON believes the Parking Service should be delivered in-house.

We are lobbying all politicians to vote for the in-house service.

Barnet UNISON will be attending the Environment Committee meeting and are asking our NSL UNISON members to join us at Hendon Town Hall 6 pm Thursday 11 January 2018.

Environment Committee starts 6.30 pm.

Shadow Chancellor sends message of hope and solidarity to Barnet UNISON and grassroots Labour Party members

BREAKING NEWS: Shadow Chancellor sends message of hope and solidarity to Barnet UNISON and grassroots Labour Party members.

“I fully support the Barnet UNISON policy statement For A Better, Fairer, Democratically Accountable Barnet. The branch has mounted an inspirational decade long battle with a right wing ideological driven Tory Council determined to outsource all of its services. I send solidarity message to the branch and to Barnet Labour members who together will deliver a Labour Council to implement this policy statement. ” John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor

“I’m absolutely delighted that in his busy schedule John McDonnell has the time to send a message of Hope & Solidarity to Barnet UNISON members and grassroots Labour Party members who against the odds have delivered three marginal seats in Barnet. Our policy statement is a signal of intent to begin to address the damage done to our public services and the staff made redundant. Outsourcing has delivered in Barnet, but not in the way it was spun by consultants who grew rich on the millions paid by Barnet residents in the name of austerity. Hope for the many is within our grasp, austerity lite policies are not welcome here.”
John Burgess, Barnet UNISON Branch Secretary

For A Better, Fairer, Democratically Accountable Barnet.

For A Better, Fairer, Democratically Accountable Barnet

Barnet UNISON has been involved with many campaigns involving the Community over the years. We do not see a contradiction between the provision of good services and good terms and conditions for the workers we represent. Our members often use the services our colleagues provide. Our key campaign has been the opposition of outsourcing which we warned would deliver inferior services to the Council, with a higher cost to residents and with less accountability for the money spent.

Unfortunately we appear to have been proven right. The following quote is from the Council’s own recent External Audit report:

“As at 31 March 2017, the Council has a prepayment balance of £44.7 million in respect of its Customer and Support Group (CSG) contract. This contract covers a number of front line and back office services including finance, ICT, HR, customer services, revenues and benefits, procurement, estates, and corporate programmes. As this is a significant prepayment, we challenged management with regard to its basis“.

Barnet UNISON has agreed policies we would like to see implemented by the next Council administration. We may alter or add to these policies and positions following discussions in the coming months.

Barnet UNISON (Local Government Branch) calls on those parties and candidates contesting the local Council election in May 2018 to support (and implement if elected) the following:

End the Council’s over reliance on agency staff and consultants, replacing these with Council employees.
Review Unified Reward and consider returning to GLPC.

Adopt UNISON ethical care charter. 

Address and alleviate the problems caused by the forthcoming relocation of Barnet Council and Partner organisation staff to the new Colindale Office building.

Bring all the Council’s Health & Safety responsibilities back in to in-house control and monitoring.
Review Health & Safety arrangements in the Borough.

TBG Flex employees to be employed on Local Government T&C’s, Pay with access to Local Government Pension Scheme.
The Barnet Group to be brought back in-house.
End short term 2 & 5 year tenancies and reintroduce secure life time tenancies for all tenants.
End or limit Right to Buy and the subletting of Right to Buy properties
Increase Council home building.
Widen the availability of social housing within the Borough.
Resource the monitoring of housing where necessary to ensure it is fit for habitation.

Restore the pre-April 2017 level of staffed opening hours, with sufficient Library workers (in numbers, qualifications and experience) and resources.
Review the use of lost Library space with a view to returning to Library use.
Bring the Partnership Libraries back in-house.
Work with all stakeholders in the Library Service to produce a strategy that will maintain and improve the quality and accessibility of Barnet Libraries.

No more Council services to be outsourced.
Work towards bringing services already outsourced back in-house including NSL.
Review Capita and other contracts with the aim of bring services back in-house.
Ensure that while outsourcing contracts are running they are properly overseen and these services are provided to the contracted level without incurring further cost to the Council.

Support the Trade Union (UNISON, GMB, Unite) NJC PAY CLAIM 2018 – 2019
Ensure that Council, partner organisation and contractor employees are paid at least the London Living Wage.
End Performance Related Pay.

52 week contracts for TAs and other support workers.
Oppose the establishment of academies.

Instigate a search within the Borough for a site (or sites?) for a depot (depots?) suitable for all Street Scene’s long-term needs?
Commit to the retention of Street Scene services in-house.

From We Own It: Support Public Ownership

Public ownership – whether national or local – means we can reduce costs and risks and increase quality, flexibility and accountability.

Public ownership – whether national or local – can be done by


  • bringing contracts in house as they expire
  • buying back assets so that profits are returned to all of us
  • setting up new public companies that will work for everyone (like our recent award winners Robin Hood Energy and Bristol Energy)

Local councils are squeezed for funding more than ever – but many are realising they can save money by insourcing.

So let’s not wait for the Tories to collapse! We can start building the country we want to live in today.

Tell your local councillors you want them to bring services in house, and show them all the evidence they need to get started.

Email your councillors

There’s no time to wait – privatisation is as damaging for local services as it is for national ones. Let’s make sure your community gets the high quality, publicly owned services it needs.

Get the ball rolling by emailing your councillors now. They need to know that if they embrace public ownership, you’ll be right behind them.

#StopandFix #UniversalCredit action in Oxford St at 2pm on December 2

Please join our creative #StopandFix #UniversalCredit action on Oxford St at 2pm on December 2nd.

Meet 2pm at Costa Coffee: Directions – Oxford Circus Tube then Exit 1 then walk  2 mins down Oxford St and turn left to Great Portland St.

We have: Street Theatre involving banners, placards, Theresa May!, Xmas Crackers, Xmas UC singalong, mince pies….and much more….any more ideas?

Our demos on December 2nd are to educate the public on the devastating effect of UC to get them behind our #StopandFix #UniversalCredit campaign.

Travel will be reimbursed.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing

Tony.Winchester@unitetheunion. org


New People’s Assembly pamphlet: “In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people”

As you will know the TUCJCC encourages all Trades Union Councils to work closely with the People’s Assembly.

This new People’s Assembly pamphlet is very useful in winning yet more people to an anti-austerity position, and convincing them that there is a real, practical and achievable alternative.

Download here: In Place of Austerity pamphlet


Camden Town Hall
Judd Street WC1H 9JE
JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor
ROGER MCKENZIE Assistant General Secretary Unison
LUCY MASOUD Fire Brigades Union
MARK DOLAN CWU balloting for national strike action
BARTS HEALTH hospital strikers
There will be a huge demonstration in Manchester at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 01 October. Usually people from all over the UK travel to London to march, but this time it is us who has to get on a coach to join the demonstration!! The details of the local coach are below.

£5 waged/ £3 students/ unwaged
Leaves Eversholt Street, NW1 (side of Euston Station) at
6.30am Returns from Manchester at 4.30pm Book your ticket here:

Our council: Austerity for the many not the few!

Barnet TUC notes with some alarm the advert below for a new CEO of the Barnet Group which manages Housing Services and Services for vulnerable adults for the London Borough of Barnet.
This advertised Salary represents an increase of at least 15% on the when the role was previously advertised in 2015.
Local Government workers are facing a Pay Cap of 1% imposed by the Tory Government
At the same time front line Housing Services like ASSIST and Caretaking Services are being cut and Terms and Conditions and wages of staff are being slashed.

Your Choice Barnet workers, who were amongst the lowest paid workers in the Barnet Group, had their salaries reduced by 9.7% 
Every Service we provide is constantly under review looking for savings.
Every service in the Barnet Group is suffering from under funding and is understaffed.
The Barnet Group has set up a company, TBG Flex, for new workers in Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet – with less pay and state statutory minimum Terms and Conditions, a longer working week and no access to the Local Government Pension Scheme. So we have a two tier workforce operating in a council owned entity.

All in the name of Austerity.
This is a disgrace and cannot continue – TBG Flex staff must be transferred back to Local Government Terms and Conditions.
The waste of money in having the Barnet Group as a separate Local Authority Trading Company, where senior managers are paid over inflated salaries awarded by the Boards which in themselves are an administrative nightmare and an added expense –
Barnet Group Board
Barnet Homes Board
Your Choice Barnet Board
TBG Flex Board
Open Door Homes Board
Board members are paid £5k a year for on average 8 days work a year.
Austerity for the many not the few!
This is all unnecessary – Return Housing Services and Your Choice Barnet back In House and go back to a Director of Housing – The savings made could be put back into the front line Housing Services.
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