Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish organiser for local government, said:
'Whilst it gives us no pleasure to say 'we told you so' it seems all our predictions regarding the lack of service provided by the private sector are coming true. These contracts were awarded by a flawed process, the companies aim to make their profit by cutting workers pension schemes, compromising health and safety of workers and the travelling public alike, and now - less than six months into the contract - the executive is having to pull them up for not delivering. Scotland's road network is under enough pressure and a contractor who cannot deliver will only make matters worse.'
Unison is currently running a major campaign against the increasing use of private firms in public services, and this announcement comes follows news of; bed shortages at the new PFI hospital in Durham; problems with flooding, space restrictions and contract catering in the PFI hospital at Hairmyres in East Kilbride; and recent 're-nationalisation' of a private heart hospital in London.
Unison is writing to the minister for transport, Sarah Boyack, asking for details of all the default notices and for her to return these contracts to the public sector due to the defaults of the private contractors.