Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Dismiss Tory Co-Op Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

Unions Dismiss Tory Co-Op Plans

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Public sector workers have reacted sceptically to Conservative proposals for a new generation of staff-owned, not-forprofit public service providers.

Shadow chancellor George Osborne revealed the plans on February 15, claiming they would trigger the 'most significant shift in power from the state to working people since the sale of council houses in the 1980s'.

But the move was dismissed by the Public and Commercial Services union as 'a bit of a gimmick', while Unite feared the plans would undermine joined-up working between health, social work and education.

Gail Cartmail, Unite's assistant general secretar}' for the public sector, added that collective agreements for teachers, health staff and council workers would have to be broken up.

Unison chief Dave Prends called the plans 'just another Tory Party plan to break up public services, plunge them into confusion and then let the private sector pick over their bones'. …

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