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UNIONS HAVE 'HAVE IMPORTANT ROLE IN EDUCATION': MINISTER

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Scottish education minister Brian Wilson has said that trade unions have 'an important role' in the further and hig...
Scottish education minister Brian Wilson has said that trade unions have 'an important role' in the further and higher education sector and should be involved in discussions about how to bear down on costs.

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-

academic staff.

'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

constructive points.

'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

achieve it.'

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