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Most Workers Against Plans to Part Privatise Cornish Libraries and Benefits

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 11th December 2012. (Updated at 7:12am 11th December 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt hundreds of workers are against controversial plans to privatise parts of Cornwall's benefits and libraries.

More than sixty percent of Council staff do not want to move frontline services to a new company, controlled by BT, according to Unison.

One in five says they have felt pressured to support the scheme as the council decides whether to press ahead.

It is holding a meeting later to discuss the proposals, which could mean £2.5m of savings every year.

They have already been put on hold once amid growing anger from councillors who felt that they had not been given a say.

The row led to the toppling of the former leader of the council.

Keith Shilson from Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance said: "Any area of public life that's been privatised, inevitably the private companies want to maximise profits so often prices go up but the level of service decreases.

"They've said they want to look at staff pay and terms and conditions and inevitably that's going to have a workforce that is less motivated and I'm sure it's going to have an impact on the service users see."

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