Why we need a Fair Deal
Austerity Britain many Labour councils have attempted to defend services and maintain a public ethos including employees’ rights. The reality, however, has been a decline in services, an increase in privatisation, job losses and cuts to pay and conditions.
A Fair Deal for Public Services brings together councils and constituency Labour parties with the London and Eastern Region of Unite in a campaign to defend local government services and employees’ terms and conditions. The campaign puts down a marker for how councils should undertake procurement of services and how it should treat its employees including outsourced workers.
A Fair Deal for Public Services
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- A full Service Review to assess how in-house provision can be improved and enhanced should be carried out before a decision is made to undertake an options appraisal
- The local authority’s Corporate Procurement Strategy should include Protocols on employment policies, trade union and service user engagement in the procurement
- Contract award criteria should have a minimum 50% quality with technical criteria and price accounting for the remainder
- Quality standards and the methods by which they will be achieved and maintained should be a key part of the evaluation process. A public statement detailing the approach should be issued before the award of the contract
- Regular and rigorous monitoring throughout the contract period with monitoring staffing costs accounting for a minimum of 2 per cent of the annual contract value.
- Where practicable common rights for directly employed and contracted out workers
- No imposed zero hour contracts
- Commitment to minimise use of agency staff.
- Commitment to abide by the agency worker legislation.
- Adoption of Living Wage Foundation status.
- Commitment to maintain national agreements
Contracted out services
- No downward harmonisation in contacted out services
- Maintenance of full trade union rights and facilities in contracted out services
- Contracted out workers protected by council union oversight committee