Mr Wilson said:
'Further and higher education institutions are autonomous bodies. However, we expect them to maintain high standards of union
recognition and negotiation in respect of both academic and non-
'UNISON is one of the many groups I have written to inviting
comments on the Garrick report and the recommendations it contains.
The response which I have received contains many helpful and
'Just as competitive tendering has been replaced in local
government by a `best value' approach, I am anxious to encourage a
similar re-think taking place within higher education. As the principal funder of higher education, it is best value which the government is interested in obtaining, rather than reliance on a particular mechanism to achieve it.
'I will therefore be asking higher and further education
institutions to consider how they can improve their approach to
ensuring best value for all services, and to involve the trade unions and other interested parties in a constructive dialogue on how best to