Friday, 10 April 2015
services to private -companies. 87% of Unison council workers have voted for
strike action over the five commissioning projects that were agreed at the
March 5th Full Council meeting.
The proposals would mean outsourcing the majority of the Council workforce
into one of five 'alternative delivery models':
1. Education Skills and School Meals services
services is already in Competitive Dialogue discussions with the following
highly likely they will win this contract making it the third big contract they will
have won with Barnet Council.
Unison Branch Secretary John Burgess said:
resilient. The vote confirms that our members have had enough of the
ideological obsession with outsourcing. The Council does not value the
workforce which can be seen when unpaid overtime and long hours are
never recognised when putting together bids for outsourcing projects.
The fact that the Council refuses to run in-house comparators has made
it clear to our members that their future employment with the
their own 'alternative models'?
1. Brent Council's School Improvement Service has been run down and
provides a core service only with many functions handed over to the
Brent Schools Partnership and schools buying in other services from a
variety of providers, School meals have been out-sourced for a long time.
In addition the Brent Cabinet on April 14th will be deciding on future
provision of Additional Resources Provision and English as an
Additional Language to pupils through a variety of contracts with
Academies and Independent schools LINK
2. Brent Council proposed transferring the management of the library
services to an established trust or a new model with similar features.
3. Early Years: Children's Centres - Brent Council has agreed to a
partnership arrangement with the voluntary sector or charities.
4. Adult Social Care: There is a proposal going forward to the Brent Cabinet
on April 14th for Extra Care to be provided via Direct Payments and a
contract with Plexus/Mears LINK
5. Street Scene Services (parks refuse etc) Brent has already outsourced
street cleaning, recycling, waste collection, parks maintenance, and
cemeteries to a sole contractor, Veolia. The Cabinet will also be discussing
extending the contract with Gristwood and Toms for Arboricultural services
(dealing with trees beyond what Veolia do as part of the parks maintenance
An additional item at the April 14th Brent Cabinet is a proposal to pay
Penoyre and Prasad LLP £831,250 for work on a hybrid planning application
for the Peel Site on the South Kilburn estate. LINK
I will leave readers to judge the similarities and differences between the
approaches of the two council - one Conservative and the other Labour.
You may also want to consider why Unison's reaction appears to be different
in the two councils and whether as a result of the Coalition's cuts to local
government that outsourcing is inevitable...