privatisation

  • 9 Jun 2013

    Rail privatisation has failed to deliver for rail users, has cost taxpayers huge sums of money, and brought in little private sector investment.

  • 3 May 2013

    The United Kingdom Independence Party won around a quarter of the votes in wards where it fielded candidates in English local elections. Mainstream parties may be tempted to shift even further to the right in order to win over UKIP voters. But this might end up losing them electoral support, as well as being unjust and deepening rifts in society.

  • 2 May 2013

    Sections of the UK civil service are to be privatised. Unions have raised concerns about the impact on staff pay and conditions. Such a move also raises serious questions about accountability to the public and democracy.

  • 25 Apr 2013

    The House of Lords has backed regulations promoting privatisation of NHS services in England. An Opposition attempt to overturn the NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2 Regulations 2013) was defeated by a ruling Coalition majority of over a hundred votes. Holders of NHS budgets are likely to be forced to put more services out to tender, giving lucrative opportunities to private firms even if this harms patient care.

  • 3 Feb 2013

    Trade Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady has warned of the threat to education from increasing privatisation and continuing austerity.

  • 14 Nov 2012

    Widespread protests against austerity measures being imposed by European governments and the EU are being held in 23 countries and 40 regions.

  • 3 Oct 2012

    The TUC says that the government decision to re-tender the contract for the West Coast mainline exposes the "inherent flaws" of the rail franchising system.

  • 19 Aug 2012

    The Green Party in England and Wales has called for the British railway system to be come back into public ownership, following further price hikes.

  • 15 Aug 2012

    Private contractor G4S has advertised for staff to take over certain policing functions, sparking controversy.

  • 4 Mar 2012

    Edinburgh’s library services are threatened with cuts to the service overall, including reductions in hours, community and trade union activists say.