6 June 2011
Pressure mounts as council drives to privatisation
The campaign against privatisation is stepping
up as the Council faces critical decisions in the
A report this month will say that the outline bids
for Environment & Integrated Facilities Management
will be evaluated and compared to the internal comparators
Another report will then go to Council in August
to decide whether it stays in-house or whether there
is a preferred bidder.
The report will also recommend that the Corporate
& Transactional strand moves into full competitive
dialogue - with one of the bidders likely to drop
out and two others remaining in the frame.
The final decision will not be made until the end
of this year.
Lead negotiator Kevin Duguid outlines the UNISON
position. “We continue to put the bidders and the
process under the microscope and have recently put
a set of questions to bidders about workforce issues
which we will publish online.”
The ‘Our City’s Not For Sale’ campaign continues
and has included briefings, an information pack
for councillors, expert analysis of the process,
leaflets and street leafletting by members in the
“Technical support from full time officer Peter
Hunter, from HQ experts and lessons from colleagues
in Newcastle have all been essential in this campaign”,
said John Stevenson, Branch President.
“But the campaign will only be won when we convince
the Council that all the evidence, here and across
the UK, points to these schemes failing to deliver,
costing more and taking essential services out of
He warned the Council on STV at the most recent
UNISON demo that “like the trams, these contract
will come back and bite them one day”.
John was confident that the work UNISON has been
doing will expose many of the problems and put real
pressure on the Council to reconsider.
“But we can only do that with our members’ support
and we need you to get involved and throw your weight
behind the campaign”, he said.
to Our City's Not For Sale