Date: Tuesday 21 April 2009
Glasgow outsourcing tax scam removes democratic control, and
attacks fair pay
UNISON, the main union representing Glasgow council staff, has
condemned that council’s increasing reliance on outsourced trusts
and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) to deliver public services.
Currently around 15,000 staff are employed by nine LLPs, trusts
and partnerships in Glasgow.
In a speech to the Scottish TUC in Perth today (Tuesday 21),
Mike Kirby, Scottish Convenor of UNISON, the largest public service
union and Chair of its Glasgow City Branch will denounce the rush
to outsource services as a tax scam that abandons democratic control,
and allows the council to avoid its legal duty to pay men and
Mike will say “A recent Glasgow Council report into these ‘arms
length external organisations’ admits that these ALEOs are a tax
scam, that they lead to loss of democratic control by councillors,
and that they can avoid more equal pay claims because they have
fewer comparators. So much for the Labour Government’s public
sector equality duty.”
Mike will also point to the farce created by an earlier outsourced
organisation when the Glasgow Housing Association Ltd awarded
one of their repairs and maintenance contracts to a private building
company – Connaught, only to find they couldn’t meet the contract
specifications on covering the workforce pensions.
Mike will say “Connaught had to be sacked and that workforce
returned to their previous employer – City Building, after they
spent 2 days travelling around the city – from Hampden Park, to
Connaught, to GHA, to Glasgow City Council.”
Moving the composite motion on Public Services, Mike will also
point to the huge waste of taxpayers money being paid to management
and IT consultants to recommend efficiencies and shared services.
Billions of pounds that should have been spent on the services
themselves. The composite will set out a charter to defend and
build on the public service consensus in Scotland.
Note to editors: the detail of the motion and its demands
are available from the STUC press office – Kevin Buchanan 07794
For Further Information Please Contact: Mike Kirby (Scottish
Convenor) 07803 952 261 (m) Matt Smith (Scottish Secretary 07771
548 997(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729(m)