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Privatisation Row As Jobs Are Axed

Workers at a Coventry windows company that was privatised by Coventry City Council are to be made redundant.

Socialist councillors are furious at the news that 25 people who make the windows for Godiva Windows in Little Heath Road, Foleshill are to be axed.

Until five years ago they worked for the Building Services department within the council, but the jobs were then privatised.

And Socialist Group leader Cllr Dave Nellist is demanding to know why their jobs have not been protected and if the workers can be redeployed elsewhere in the council.

He said:

"Promises were made that the move would be good for tenants, Council Tax payers and the workers who were transferred.

“Those workers have now been cruelly betrayed by the private company, which seems to have been only interested in short term profit for its owners.

"I think the Council has a moral, and possibly legal, duty to find suitable jobs in the local authority for any of the 25 affected workers who request it.

"There also needs to be an urgent investigation and a report to councillors on the lessons of this privatisation.”

No-one from the company was available for comment.
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CWN / Politics / Coventry City Council / 20 Oct 00
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