16 March 2009
Essex County Council (ECC) and Unison are locked in another angry row over the local authority's plans to outsource all services.
The trade union raised fears that the move would put jobs in the county at risk, but ECC refused to rule out the possibility of services being outsourced to other countries.
Unison regional officer Kumar Sandy argued the plan was "bonkers" and demanded the council confirm if jobs would be lost.
ECC leader Lord Hanningfield said: "No decision has been made and it is clear that Unison is using our ambition to save council taxpayers' money as a recruitment exercise."
The local authority issued an OJEU notice last October requesting bids for "any or all" of its services, as part of a plan to save £200 million over the next three years.
The two came to blows last month when Unison criticised the council's policy, after it cancelled an IT support deal with BT (News 5 March 2009).