Update for members and supporters 4 August
CRACKS APPEAR IN THE COUNCIL'S PRIVATISATION
Edinburgh Council's privatisation
plans are clearly under pressure. The Council
look as though they will be forced to delay
making a decision until September or October.
The bidders have missed the deadline and the
council are trying to cover up weaknesses
in their process.
With costs so far spiralling
to over £3.5 million, the council could well
be heading for another trams fiasco.
One of the firms at the centre
of plans to outsource Edinburgh's services
was last week dumped for poor performance
by Glasgow. Enterprise, which is also one
of the two last bidders in Edinburgh's outsource
plans, was dumped from Glasgow's plans for
glass recycling due to poor performance.
It may be bad news for them
but the news is good for us. Two newspapers
carried articles critical of the councils
plans this week (see below) and The Times
has tried to contact organisers of the last
week’s Meadowbank meeting.
It is the efforts of people
like you, leafleting and organising meetings,
that is making the difference. To help support
further residents’ meetings and leafleting
UNISON City of Edinburgh Branch has agreed
to provide practical support, eg with premises
Just get in touch, details below.
Evening News article http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/Citys-1bn-privatisation-a-worse.6811552.jp
The Herald article http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/1bn-privatisation-plan-could-be-worse-than-the-trams-1.1115215
Local Fete or Gala?
We would love to get along with
a stall or a handful of leaflets, just let
us know when and where.
Where do you and your friends
We have some brand new leaflets,
can you take them to your community centre,
other hub or even the pub? Get in touch, details
We can win
Why not come along to one
of the 3 stalls happening this Saturday?
Saturday 6 August
Leith: 1pm at the Kirkgate at the foot
of Leith Walk.
Call Duncan 07890 422 048
Southside: 1.30pm outside Tescos, 94
Call Graham - 07404 026 565
Portobello: 12 – 2pm. On the High St
outside Bank of Scotland/Halifax
Call Mary 07950 254 208
Sunday 7 August Door
to door leafleting in city centre. Meet 1pm
at HMV West end of Princes St
Tuesday 9 August “Spurtle”
City Centre Election Hustings – quiz the candidates
and hand out leaflets. 7.15 pm, Broughton
St Mary’s Parish Church, Bellevue Crescent.
Thursday 11 August Southouse/Burdiehouse
Residents Meeting 7- 9 pm, Valley Park Community
Centre, 37 Southhouse Road, EH17 8EU Going
to the Festival? Why not go along to Mobilise
a week-long festival event.
13 -20 August 2011. UNISON
Scotland is taking an unprecedented move of
bringing the anti-cuts movement into the heart
of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During the
whole week of 13 to 20 August there is the
Mobilise Festival combining activist workshops,
street action (a “Picnic Against Privatisation”
on 13 August) and top notch comedians.
All the daytime events are free
and the cost to see the comedians playing
in the evenings is much cheaper than their
Fringe shows. For information and booking
Alternative action: how about……
Get in touch with your councillor. Tell them
what you think of the privatisation plans.
Write to the Evening News- especially if you
see an article about ABMs
Sign the online petition:
Get in touch Tel 0131 558 7488 Email: email@example.com
For a great video about their
proposals go to: http://www.unison-edinburgh.org.uk/