Friday, 8 April 2011

UNISON's views on procurement

A report is currently being produced based on case studies looking at how UNISON branches across all sectors are dealing with the intensification of procurement arising from the cuts. There are changes at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) as it has been moved from the Treasury to the Efficiency and Reform Group in the Cabinet Office under Francis Maude. The trade unions have quarterly meetings with the OGC. There are also changes at European level with the European Commission (EC) publishing a guide to taking social considerations in public procurement. It takes a very limited view of the scope for including workforce protections. The EC is also undertaking a review of EU public procurement legislation. The European Procurement Network (NGOs and trade unions) has organised a workshop in the European Parliament around the review.

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