Unison deals critical blow to PFI plans

Link: Brown to push on with PFI despite defeat

Following a humiliating defeat at this week’s Labour party conference, the trade union’s report will add to the tide of anger aimed at the government’s use of the private sector to provide public services.

A spokesperson for Unison, the public sector union, said the report was due to be published ‘in the next few weeks’.

The role of the large accountancy firms in PFI deals came under fire at this year’s Trades Union Congress conference, which called for an investigation into the firms as well as a moratorium on all PFI deals.

But chancellor Gordon Brown made it clear the government would proceed to build more schools and hospitals with the help of private sector finance, despite delegates at the conference voting in favour of a ‘review’ of the process.

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