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Date: 14 March 2012

Aberdeen UNISON calls on city council to do the right thing and keep services in house

Aberdeen City UNISON has called on councillors to keep vital public services in house and abandon flawed privatisation plans. The city’s powerful Finance and Resources committee meets tomorrow (Thursday 15 March) to decide on a report which recommends abandoning the Alternative Delivery Model – in other words outsourcing to privateers – and keeping the services in house instead.

UNISON Branch Secretary Karen Davidson told councillors:

“The ADM project is at a critical stage – you must now decide whether to plough on with it or back staff and management proposals to make efficiencies in-house.

“If services are retained in-house there will be no management time wasted on managing relationships and contracts with multi-national companies. There will instead be continued direct, democratic control of services. And you will be able to keep savings achieved for re-investment in public services, rather than providing private sector profits for multi-national companies that are not based in Aberdeen.

“UNISON is urging you to do the sensible thing and back the in-house option. Please now dump ADM, and show trust and confidence in us – your Council staff.”

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Karen Davidson, Branch Secretary - 07917426931
Sarah Duncan, Regional Organiser - 07904 342 285
Malcolm Burns, Communications Officer - 0141 342 2877 / 07538 640 396

Notes to editors

1. UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing over 162,000 members working in the public sector in Scotland, and represents local government workers across Scotland.

2. Aberdeen City UNISON has sent a letter and briefing to councillors meeting at the Finance and Resources Committee tomorrow Thursday 15 March. The briefing outlines the union’s compelling case against privatisation which has won a recommendation to abandon the Alternative Business Model (privatisation) and keep services in house. Copies are available from the contacts above.

 

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