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After a concerted lobby by CUPE members, Serco has lost its contract to operate the municipal recreation facilities in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

Weyburn council decided in July to return control of the citys swimming pool, rinks and other facilities to municipal managers after four years of private contractors.

The decision means more stability for the workers and more accountability for the citizens of Weyburn, says Greg Button, president of Local 90. With Serco, it was an ongoing battle from day one to see who would pay for what.

The British multinational, which assumed the contract when RSI went bankrupt in 1997, was unwilling to pay for the upkeep of the facilities, says Button.

Advice to other locals battling privateers? Do your homework, says Button. Know who your allies are in the community and on the council and dont quit.