12 September 2010
UNISON attacks CBI hypocrisy
UNISON Scotland today responded to a call from the Chair of CBI
Scotland to end the ‘war of words’ over public services.
At the CBI Scotland annual dinner Linda Urquhart declared it was
time to “call a halt to ‘them and us’ attitudes
which have prevailed for decades”.
UNISON Scotland Convenor Mike Kirby said:
“A halt to them and us attitudes from big business would
indeed be welcome. However, it is hard to take such calls seriously
when the rest of Linda Urquhart’s speech was an unrestrained
attack on public service delivery.”
“The current financial crisis was caused by private corporate
folly and the deregulated financial system that the CBI supported.
It is public service workers and the communities they serve that
are paying the price of the policy agenda promoted by big business.
To impose this failed policy on public services would be further
The CBI leaders speech also called for further privatisation
of public services. Evidence submitted by UNISON Scotland to Parliament
last week shows that this approach has cost the taxpayer millions
of pounds in extra costs and undermined the integrated delivery
Mike Kirby said:
“In a week that has seen the spectacular collapse of a
leading outsourcing company (Connaught), it is a strange time
to call for the imposition of further chaos on hard pressed councils.
Public services should be democratically accountable to local
communities, not to the Boards of big business who are driven
solely by the need to make profits.”
Note to Editors:
UNISON Scotland’s briefing to parliament on these
issues can be found online at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/
For further information please contact:
Mike Kirby (Scottish Convenor) 07803952261
Dave Watson (Scottish Organiser) 07958 122 409 (m)
Trisha Hamilton (Communications Officer) 0141 342 2877