UNISON members in Aberdeen are celebrating after local authority withdrew sell-off plans in the face of a long-running union campaign

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UNISON members in Aberdeen are celebrating after the local authority withdrew plans to sell off key finance and other services to private operators in the face of a long-running union campaign.

The council had been considering what it called ‘alternative delivery methods’ for services such as finance, human resources, customer care, ICT, benefits and regulations.

Last night, councillors voted to keep the services in-house.

Aberdeen is the second major Scottish council to reject privatisation proposals after a UNISON campaign. Edinburgh’s LibDem-Conservative authority withdrew similar plans last January.

Glasgow city council’s platform of privatisation and budget cuts has triggered defections from the ruling Labour party which mean it has lost control in the largest local authority north of the border for the first time in almost 40 years.

UNISON Aberdeen City Branch secretary Karen Davidson said: “These services will now remain in house, where committed and dedicated council staff can provide the best service for the citizens of Aberdeen.

“The branch have campaigned hard for 18 months for this outcome.

“We are sure that the councilors who voted in favour of in-house staff recognise the excellent service our members provide.”

The council employs about 8,800 full- and part-time workers.  Its current budget stands at nearly £460m.


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