Unison warns over social enterprise expansion

Unison is warning the government that plans to move 25,000 staff out of the NHS and local government and into social enterprises will lead to job insecurity for staff and poorer public services for all.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: ‘The rapid push to move 25,000 workers out of NHS and local government into social enterprises is an alarming direction for the government to be going in.

‘With the private finance markets set to become even more volatile and the dole queues rising daily, the government needs to focus on securing jobs and services. They should not be hiving public services off into small organisations to try their luck against the big private sector players.’

Liam Byrne, minister for the Cabinet Office, announced yesterday that there would be a drive to create 25,000 jobs in social enterprises by expanding their role in providing public services.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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