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Leading union resists possible EU changes to public sector recruitment

Published: Monday, 02 July 2007   Category: Public sector

Unison, the UK's biggest public sector union, has responded critically to suggestions for further European work and business regulations which would have a serious impact on British public sector recruitment.

In 2006, a group of leading European companies successfully lobbied EU ministers to introduce 'free market' competition practices across all member state public services.

New plans, however, would further transform legislative rights, giving the European Court of Justice ultimate power over the sector and thus meaning that foreign companies could appeal there if they were denied access to markets in European countries outside where they are based.

"Unison says 'No' to the EU constitution as it stands. Trade unions across Europe have fought tooth and nail to protect their own public services against repeated attempts by European leaders and officials to sell us out to foreign business," commented Unison general secretary Dave Prentis.

"The fact is our own national elected politicians will no longer have the power to keep control over British public services if this goes through.

"We should never be forced to put our local hospitals and schools up for sale on foreign markets in this irresponsible way," added Mr Prentis.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18197616-ADNFCR

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