Jobs threatened at Dundee City Council if outsourcing goes ahead says UCATT

Around 380 employees at Dundee City Council could see their contracts taken over by private contractor Tayside Contracts, if the council outsources its building and maintenance work. The council has started a consultation process but the move is counter to national trends which has seen hundreds of councils taking back maintenance and construction in-house.

 

UCATT represents about 200 staff working in Dundee City Council housing maintenance department. UCATT opposes the move as past history of outsourcing has generally led to redundancies and a significant worsening of worker pay and conditions.

 

Steve Dillon, UCATT Scotland Regional Secretary, said: “We are against outsourcing of staff members from any local authority to an outside body. We would always rather bring staff in-house. Outsourcing has the risk of job losses, down-sizing and poorer working conditions. There’s a consultation period. It is up to our members how they decide to vote. Regardless, we will back them to the hilt.”

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