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VIABILITY OF DLOs UNDER THREAT FROM SINGLE STATUS

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The Surveyor Magazine reported last week (p6)that the introduction of a shorter working week for council blue-colla...
The Surveyor Magazine reported last week (p6)that the introduction of a shorter working week for council blue-collar workers could spell the end of many direct labour organisations, according to a senior Scottish local government officer.

Head of operations at the Scottish Borders Council, Tom Walker says the introduction of 'single status' with its 37-hour working week and bonuses, will mean DLOs are unable to compete with the private sector for external contracts.

The warning came in a heated exchange at the Association of Direct Labour Organisations' highways seminar in Durham.

He said: 'a lot of people working in highways see single status as more of a death-knell than either compulsory competitive tendering or best value.'
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