UNISON will promote ‘public interest test’ to combat outsourcing

Union remains committed to stopping the march of privatisation of public services

UNISON will continue to campaign against outsourcing and privatisation of public services ­– and will promote the use of a “public interest test” when outsourcing is proposed.

Opening the debate on stopping outsourcing and protecting members at the union’s national delegate conference, NEC speaker Mark Fisher told conference that the government had pursued an outsourcing and privatisation agenda since 2010.

Delegates also raised the Private Finance Initiative, which “continues to drain the public sector of funds, with an estimated bill of £222bn over the next 30 years to the taxpayer.”

Conference said the union will:

  • continue to promote the union’s branch guidance on stopping privatisation;
  • continue  working with sister unions across the EU to press for Europe-wide protection for public services.