Low-paid council cleaners face privatisation threat warns UNISON

More than 100 low-paid Middlesbrough Council employees have been told their jobs are to be privatised and transferred to private companies next year so the authority can make savings of around £180,000, says UNISON today (Friday). Around 140 cleaners employed by the authority say councillors are planning to outsource their jobs simply to save cash. […]

Shocking picture of austerity cuts to local services is revealed by UNISON

The true scale of almost a decade of savage austerity cuts to local communities in the North East is laid bare in a study published by UNISON today (Friday), showing the impact of huge reductions in council funding. A series of freedom of information (FoI) requests to local authorities in the region examined the changes […]