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Monday, 24 September 2012

CBI lobbies for the Public Services Industrial Complex

The latest report commissioned by the CBI, to justify the £20m annual subscriptions paid by its private company members, predictably claims that ‘opening up more public services to alternative providers could save over £22bn in the next five years.’ UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis responded by saying: "The CBI has plucked this figure from the air. All the evidence shows that privatisation is a costly failure that the taxpayer can ill afford. Only last week MPs felt it necessary to call for a blacklist of firms that have failed to deliver on their contracts. Privatisation failures carry heavy human costs: ask an elderly resident of an ex-Southern Cross home. And, as the Olympic fiasco clearly shows, when the private sector fails, the public sector has to pick up the pieces"