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UNISON submission reveals ‘ grave misconduct of two bidders’

A UNISON submission will call for an immediate halt to privatisation at Edinburgh City Council at a lobby of the Council tomorrow (16th December) after it was revealed that two of the private bidders had not revealed criminal convictions arising from fatal workplace accidents. http://unison-edinburgh.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/AMBsubmissionDec2010.pdf

The submission concludes: “The ABM privatisation programme is a high risk option. The lull in the CATS dialogue is a risk management issue and the grave misconduct of two bidders is further evidence of the point. It is true that the council requires new service delivery models which take efficiency to a new level. Only the in-house options meet that requirement. UNISON is therefore calling on members of the City Council to stop further work and expenditure on the competitive dialogue with a view to retaining services in-house. ”