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Row over outsourcing of nursery jobs

PUBLISHED: 18:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 11 August 2010

THE COUNCIL have been accused of using underhand tactics after a document including plans to outsource jobs in three nurseries was obtained by the POST. Under new proposals they plan to commission an external provider to run three existing council nurseri

THE COUNCIL have been accused of using underhand tactics after a document including plans to outsource jobs in three nurseries was obtained by the POST.

Under new proposals they plan to commission an external provider to run three existing council nurseries.

The move would save the council hundreds of thousands of pounds but it has angered the GMB union who fear it would lead to loss of wages for workers and a loss of quality in the service.

The council runs six day-care nurseries in the borough which make a total loss of around £400,000 a year, mainly on wages.

The shortfall has to be met annually by a subsidy payment from the council.

The plans being discussed propose outsourcing the running of three nurseries and offering external contractors a one-off subsidy of £100,000 per nursery to take it off the council's hands.

Mr Bowden added: "This report is a transparent effort from the council to stop paying an annual subsidy."

A decision over the future of the nurseries will not be made until the council assembly in May.

The council have declined to comment on the plans until after the assembly.

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