Staff under threat of privatisation at the city’s community equipment store have won the right to bid to keep the service in-house.
After a vigorous campaign led by Unison and the GMB the city council’s policy and resources committee last night (16th Oct) voted to defer a decision on who will run the service until the unions and staff can submit their own bid.
There was confusion in the council chamber as councillors and officers seemed unclear on the procedures invovled, but they will now have to go away and ensure they find a way to make this happen.
This popular and efficient service has been run by the local community health NHS trust, but it is not renewing its contract. The city council wanted to outsource the service to a private company but Unison and the GMB have fought hard to stop this privatisation.
*Sadly, in another decision made by the policy and resources committee last night they rubber-stamped the Health and Wellbeing Board’s recommendation to transfer the city’s substance misuse services to a “not-for-profit” organisation based in Surrey.