Commenting on the news that the government will sell off dozens of state owned services into so-called mutuals, Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:
“This is privatisation by stealth. The
involvement of big private companies makes mutuals just another Tory
party ploy to sell off public services. The government is stretching the
definition of mutuals to the limit – genuine co-ops and mutuals will be
up in arms.
“Staff will be plunged into confusion and could
face being taken out of public sector pension schemes and having their
pay and conditions seriously harmed. Community organisations will
struggle to win contracts without harsh measures such as freezing pay
and reducing leave and sick pay.
“Mutuals are dangerously
untested in this context. At the very least, we need a serious
investigation as to how mutuals would deliver public services in the
interest of the public and employees.”
See coverage os Dave's comments in today's Independent:
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