It should come as no surprise as we head towards a General Election that Unison comes along with a piece of pathetic fear spreading propaganda as a pro-Labour campaign. Before I respond to this piece of garbage with some clear and simple home truths, let me make my stance clear.
Your average leftie may well start to rant about me being anti-union. That is complete and utter garbage. I speak as a former workplace union rep. I am not anti-union nor am I anti management. I am anti poor peformance, anti-stupidity and anti-impracticality. Wherever it may come from, whether it is workers or management. My response to an article by Harry Phibbs is one such example. Some good ideas, some others not practical (in my view).
In my experience neither side holds the monopoly on best practice. Neither holds the monopoly on half-wittedness. And the local authorities I’ve seen have plenty of areas where things can be massively improved. Note how I say improved and not cut. Service provision can be improved by thorough assessment, review and retargeting. Waste should be cut. It’s not rocket science, it’s best value. I speak from personal experience here. Real world experience from both sides of the equation.