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GLASGOW'S PLANS FOR HOUSING TRANSFER UNDER FIRE

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The Herald (26 Feb, p16) carried letters from the authors of a report on Glasgow City Council's plans to transfer i...
The Herald (26 Feb, p16) carried letters from the authors of a report on Glasgow City Council's plans to transfer its housing, and from Unison, which commissioned the report.

A. Iain Fleming, Mike Danson, Karen Gilmore and Georff Whittam, of the University of Paisley, wrote: 'Secrecy has been a hallmark of the whole saga of the proposed transfer. Councillors have been asked to approve the principle of the transfer without full access to the feasibility study and all relevant data.'

The letter continued: 'Mr Cromley [Glasgow's director of housing] can give no assurances about what terms, conditions and employment prospects await Unison's current members in the private sector. Past experiences of such privatisations suggest much more than just a negative impact. The normal impact is, of course, redundancies, lower wages and poorer conditions.'

The letter from Angela Lynes, Glasgow City banch secretary of Unison, wrote: 'David Comley ignores the very real possibilities of any other solution to the Glasgow housing crisis except his own.

'He asserts that 'the money is not available' and 'there will be no changes to the public sector borrowing requirement'. The facts are that the Labour Party could find the money to solve Glasgow's housing problems. But they won't.'
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