Date: THURSDAY 17 JANUARY 2008
PFI COMPANIES ABUSING THEIR POSITION AND RIPPING OFF THE PUBLIC
UNISON, the UK's largest public sector union, is today calling
on the Government to tackle the obscene profits being made by PFI
companies at the public's expense.
Commenting on a damning report into PFI from the National Audit
Office exposing overcharging and profiteering by PFI companies,
Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said: "Taxpayers are
paying over the odds for PFI projects that are slow, inflexible
and expensive. This latest National Audit Office report reveals
how companies continue to rake in the cash by charging unjustifiably
high fees for making changes to contracts. These companies are abusing
their position by overcharging hospitals and schools for small changes
and basic maintenance.
"It's time for the Government to face the fact that PFI is a fundamentally
flawed system. Instead of attacking the wages of low paid public
sector workers, the Government should tackle the obscene profits
being made by these private companies at the public's expense."
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