That's why UNISON's new billboard and newspaper adverts are making the case against privatising more services.
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The current outsourced market for public services already has an annual turnover of £82bn, but this is growing all the time. In a widely-quoted report, research analysts Seymour Pierce have estimated that this could rise to £140 billion by 2015.
UNISON believes that putting the profit motive into public services does not help provide quality services - instead the need to drive costs down and still make a profit for shareholders can mean that standards drop. For example:
- official figures show that profit-making care homes and domiciliary care services are less likely to meet minimum regulatory standards on service quality
- outsourcing hospital cleaning led to job cuts and downward pressure on standards that has contributed to the rise in hospital acquired infections
- the privatisation of school meals provision resulted in kitchens being closed, less use of fresh ingredients and a worsening of nutritional standards.
Yet the government wants more of your vital services to be handed over to private contractors. We believe this is wrong. If you do, here's some ways you can help:
Join UNISON's Million Voices for Public Services Campaign
If you work in public services, Join UNISON