Scottish charity workers protest

Charity staff joined forces with the Transport and General Workers' Union last week to protest outside Edinburgh City Chambers about wage freezes, redundancies, service cuts and deteriorating employment conditions.

Des Loughney, Edinburgh secretary for the T&G, said charities were not receiving full cost recovery. "The funding regime is driven by cost, not quality," he said. "There are double standards about what counts as best value in-house, compared with when contracts are put out to tender."

Last month the Scottish Executive produced a report estimating the cost of implementing full cost recovery in Scotland at £130m. Gavin Yates, communications manager at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, put the figure at £180m.

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