Campaign group tells Burns to drop privatising services

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CAMPAIGNERS from North Edinburgh Fights Back have written to city council leaders seeking assurances that services will not be privatised.

The group wrote the letter following a recent meeting in Muirhouse where concern was expressed over the introduction of increasing numbers of non-council staff into cleansing and refuse operations.

In his letter to city leader Councillor Andrew Burns, campaigner Mike Vallance said: “Our group is totally opposed to the privatisation of public services and the cuts in services and worsening in working conditions this invariably entails.

“We demand that the council reverse the decision to use private contractors in refuse collection and street cleansing and instead take on the new workers needed as normal directly employed council employees, wherever possible on permanent contracts.”