On Wednesday a special meeting of the council's best value and
corporate services committee will consider a report from the director of
service, involving 28 staff.
Unison is concerned about the effect this will have on the service as well
as the obvious adverse implications for staff. They point to Edinburgh City
Council, who out-sourced part of their ICT service and recently fined the
private contractor£2m for failing to deliver on targets.
Robin Taggart, Unison service conditions officer said: 'This report was
written on the back of a postage stamp and provides no case at all for
out-sourcing the service. Privatisation presents no financial benefit, no
guarantee that the quality of service will improve and no evidence that the
skill-base in the private sector is any better than what we have already
in-house. There has been no proper assessment of risks and no development
of a sound business case.
'The report basically argues that ICT services might improve sooner if
provided by a private company although provides no evidence to support
this. It would be completely shameful if this council handed over public
assets to a company whose principle interest is profit and who are not
accountable to the electorate but to their own shareholders.
'Councillors need to remember that they fought and won last year's election
on an anti-privatisation ticket. They should provide the director of
corporate services with adequate staff and resources to manage the service
Unison will be presenting a case to the committee on Wednesday, opposing