Date: Thurs 18 February
Accounts Commission report 'misses the point' - UNISON
Commenting on today's report from the Accounts Commission on
Scottish Local Government, Dougie Black, UNISON's regional organizer
and lead negotiator for local council workers said: "It is disappointing
that the Accounts Commission seem to have missed the point again.
"Shared services cost money in the short term, they don't
save it; cuts to so-called 'back room' service just mean hauling
front line workers away from service delivery to cover background
work; and 'alternative delivery' means either expensive profit-driven
private provision or services provided on the cheap by cutting
resources, training, pay and conditions.
"The real question is - why do bodies like the Accounts Commission
not talk to the people who use these services - all of us - the
people of Scotland. We didn't cause the recession, we didn't drain
the public coffers of money to prop up the banks - why should
our services pay for that when the bankers who are responsible
are still awarding themselves huge bonuses?
"Local Government is already facing cuts of over £300m, and job
losses of 3,500 plus. That is why UNISON is running its Public
Works campaign, is contacting local communities who depend on
these services, and organising a 'Stop the Cuts, March and Rally'
in Glasgow on April 10, as the next stage in that campaign."
Note for editors: Details on UNISON's Public Works Campaign
are available on http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/
UNISON's Alternative Budget can be found at http://www.unison.org.uk/million/resources/Alternative_Budget.pdf