Outsourcing and Procurement within Local Government

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Conference
2015 Local Government Service Group Conference
Date
10 February 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference we welcome the UNISON model procurement agreement, and we know that a number of Councils have now signed such a procurement agreement.

Conference notes that the combination of privatisation and cuts leads to the fragmentation of local services. By getting involved at the beginning of the process it will ensure that information from the employer is shared with UNISON and the affected employees. Since the 2014 Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (TUPE) Regulations further weaken protections for transferring staff, it is vital that early intervention happens before any services are outsourced.

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to:-

1)Support Branches to get local Employers to sign a model procurement agreement with the local UNISON Branch;

2)Promote the ability of in-house services to try and stop any outsourcing;

3)Promote the ability of in-house services tendering for external contracts;

4)Help Branches to use legislation around social value and to ensure robust social and ethical policies, are adhered to on areas such as the Ethical Care Charter to help to campaign against outsourcing.