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A few words from Sharon on the importance of this election
For me this election is about change. fundamental change, not tinkering around the edges.
Unite members have a clear choice to make. Do we grasp the nettle — or retreat? Do we build a union that delivers at the shop floor or focus on parlour games in Westminster?
We need a union with a plan delivered by someone with a real track record — or do we turn our backs on the struggle? That is the choice. It’s time to build Unite. It’s time to get back to the workplace.
Unite has long advocated that council services be delivered by the council workforce and that our council ends the practice of out-sourcing our public services to private companies. Imagine then our astonishment to discover (2 days before the council meeting to give approval) that the council’s Facilities Management repairs contract was to be given to two massive multi-national companies (Mitie and Skanska).
We believe that our 200 or so members in Housing Property (joiners, plumbers, Electricians etc), augmented by additional craft operatives and apprentices, could do a huge amount of that work and help keep some of the £180m to be paid to these corporate giants in Edinburgh and for its citizens.