He said that councils should not make the mistake that they have been elected 'to do the government's bidding'. 'The new authorities have to unite and make clear they have a mandate from the Scottish people,' Mr Smith said. He called on councils to demand all staff are transferred to the new councils and for the an immediate five-year moratorium on compulsory competitive tendering.
This would help to combat the current insecurity among local government employees.
Chairman of the staff commission Robert Peggie contested the government's view that reorganisation would make the process of local government simpler.
'It seems to me that there is considerable scope for doubts and uncertainty about who is responsible for providing services,' he said.
Mr Peggie warned councillors there was a danger they would be 'jockeyed' by officers into accepting systems they 'might not have otherwise adopted'.