Public sector unions call for stop to PFIs

Public
sector unions will join forces at the Labour conference next month to halt the
use of private companies in the public sector.

A
Unison report released this week slammed Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
projects, claiming they do not improve services or provide value for money.

The
report cites seven reasons why PFIs do not work, including saying they
contradict the public service ethos, cost more and allow private companies to
make unacceptable profits.

Speaking
at the launch of the report, Dave Prentis, general secretary at Unison, said
the facts could no longer be ignored. Taxpayers’ money is being wasted and,
workers pay and conditions are being hit and the state is being "ripped
off", he said.

By Paul Nelson

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