The T&G union has reacted to the Queen’s Speech by demanding that any private sector involvement in the public sector is scrutinised closely to ensure employee terms and conditions don’t suffer.
The Government pledged to bring about a fundamental reform of the public services, which will include much greater involvement of the private sector in the delivery of public services.
Bill Morris, the T&G’s general secretary, said, “In the light of those experiences we have seen with the private sector’s involvement in industries like water and the railways, those who advocate more private sector involvement should reflect on those experiences.
“We believe that when performance and delivery are measured in social terms it is in the public sector rather than the private sector which is the most efficient and effective. Private sector involvement should be subject to rigorous testing to ensure value for money and ensuring the public sector workers pay, terms and conditions are not worsened.”