Government mutuals plan is “privatisation by stealth”

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Commenting on the news that the government will sell off dozens of state-owned services into so-called mutuals, Dave Prentis, UNISON general  secretary, said: “This is privatisation by stealth. The involvement of big private companies makes mutuals just another Tory  party ploy to sell off public services.”

He added: “The government is stretching the  definition of mutuals to the limit – genuine co-ops and mutuals will be  up in arms.
“Staff will be plunged into confusion and could  face being taken out of public sector pension schemes and having their  pay and conditions seriously harmed. Community organisations will  struggle to win contracts without harsh measures, such as freezing pay  and reducing leave and sick pay.
“Mutuals are dangerously  untested in this context. At the very least, we need a serious  investigation as to how mutuals would deliver public services in the  interest of the public and employees.”