STUC on the Procurement Reform Bill

October 4th 2013

Responding to publication of the Procurement Reform Bill, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“The STUC enthusiastically welcomes parts of this important Bill especially its provisions to disqualify firms engaging in tax avoidance and blacklisting from the public procurement process and the commitment to introduce further guidance on workforce matters.

“However, it is very disappointing that the Bill does nothing to progress important agendas around the Living Wage, the environment and supported workplaces. It is also difficult to believe that community benefits will be extended and improved by simply handing contracting authorities a duty to ‘consider’ whether to impose as part of the contract.

“The STUC is also sceptical that the significant additional requirements placed on Local Authorities and other contracting agencies will have ‘no overall net impact on costs’ ”.

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