Study to focus on union service fears

A new research project will consider why trade unions are uneasy about government plans to contract more charities to deliver public services.

The study, led by chief executives body Acevo, will examine relations between unions and third sector organisations. It will also look into concerns raised by the unions – they say charity workers have poorer working conditions and greater job insecurity than their public sector counterparts.

The project, which is expected to take six months to complete, will be launched by third sector minister Phil Hope at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth tomorrow.

“Overcoming the challenges faced by the third sector in the delivery of public services is a priority for government,” Hope will tell delegates at a fringe event hosted by trade union Unite.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said: “We wish to outline how we can improve relationships locally and on a shared national agenda.”

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