Mr Monkey noticed a gathering of South Tyneside Homes painters early this morning at Harton Miners Welfare Club.
Given the number of STH vehicles in the car park it would seem that either they were giving away free bacon sarnies or something important was being discussed.
Mr Monkey has learned that senior managers of STH called a meeting of the painters and their representatives to announce the fact that staff ware to be laid off and that redundancies will follow – no doubt under the guise of saving money.
Mr Monkey reckons the future is not very bright for STH trades staff and that today’s announcement is likely to be the first of many.
First steps to privatisation, I wonder?