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Staffordshire Councillor's union tirade

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

PROTEST ... Campaigners from UNISON, the Lobby against Outsourcing of Support Services and Stafford's Labour Party campaigned against proposals for the Education Support Services Project outside County Buildings last week

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A STAFFORDSHIRE county councillor launched an angry tirade against trade unions calling criticism of his plans to overhaul school services “baloney” and saying it made him “sick to his guts.”

County Councillor Ian Parry presented the controversial Education Support Services Project to a committee this week and said he had been angered by criticisms of the plans calling the project “rushed” and “secretive.”

“This project protects jobs and what sickens me to the gut is when I hear the little twists and turns of trade unions and their Labour friends,” said Councillor Parry.

“This is not rushed and this is not secretive, we will have taken a year to now from the starting point of this project and it’s taken until now for people to crawl out of the wood work and start making a fuss.

“I don't know why that’s happened, the cynic in me thinks it’s got something to do with being six months from an election,” he said. “I have not received one email, one letter or one phone call about this up until the last few weeks and then all of a sudden the trade unions are making claims of the process being secretive and being rushed.

“I have never heard so much baloney in my life,” said Councillor Parry. “They are simply supporting their mates in the local Labour Party to win seats in the county council elections next year.”

Labour Councillor Ron Clarke expressed concern over the transparency of the project to date asking why it was not possible to release the names of the organisations bidding for the contract.

“Why is it that we have never been told who the bidders are?” he said. “I can't see where the sensitivity is in naming them?”

Councillor Parry said the competitive nature of the procurement process meant bidders had to remain equal and that releasing names could lead to the scales tipping in favour of one organisation over another.

“We don't have the permission to go exposing what competitive arrangements companies have been involved in,” he added. “I really don’t see the benefit of bandying names around.”

Councillor Clarke said: “Perhaps you don't, but many people do. We are now down to the final three bidders and I see nothing wrong with naming people.

"It doesn't diminish from anything you want to do.”

David Marsden, assistant branch secretary for Staffordshire UNISON, called Councillor Parry’s comments about trade unions and other concerned parties “unguarded” and said they showed “he is rattled by genuine criticism of his pet project and by perfectly reasonable requests for greater openness and clarity.

“Mr Parry carefully skirted around giving any substantive answers to questions from County Councillors - though since most were his Tory colleagues this is hardly surprising,” said Mr Marsden.

“If Staffordshire's Tories are so convinced their scheme is the best way forward, they should stop the rush, end the secrecy, engage properly with those affected - and let the electorate decide in the county council elections."

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 08 2012, 11:06AM

    Ian Parry does not deserve to serve on the county council as he seems to be very economical with the truth over the consequences of this outsourcing, when G4S is being investigated over the Olympics, and Circle healthcare is being investigated over tender for The NHS's first privatised Hospital and the west coast main line tender is being investigated as being flawed, the Unions Me and every other right minded member of the public is fearful that the politicians have got it wrong AGAIN

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 26 2012, 3:46PM

    I read that and it is quite disgusting ! There should be an enquiry and the Carillion bid removed ! I wonder if there are other members and senior officers looking for places on a new board ? Maybe they should declare now !!

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 25 2012, 8:56PM

    I would like to ask Mr Parry what he thinks about the opting out of Phil Cresswell after setting up the deal! then jumping ship to join one of the bidders namely Carillion, sounds fishy to me a council tax payer.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 25 2012, 6:46PM

    It sounds like this policy is right. If many schools are moving to the private sector then this will give them what they desire ?

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 25 2012, 5:22PM

    Lets face it in 5 years there will be no support services for schools. they are far to expensive and offer a poor service. most schools are cancelling their service level agreements and using the private sector.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 25 2012, 3:44PM

    Well done for all those who will stand up and ask questions of Mr Parry and his like. This sell off is not about saving money, it is about party idealogy, and a desire to provide profits for shareholders.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 25 2012, 1:56AM

    Have we not learnt what privatisation of services means ? Increased cost while companies rake in the profits. I wish my taxes to pay for services not a private companies perks. If the Council confident in this policy make it a by election issue and see if they have the public support ?

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 24 2012, 1:53PM

    Dear Cllr Parry, I am not a Labour supporter and I have asked many questions regarding this proposal of my local Cllr, a small Tory chap named John Francis. He has thus far not replied. I apologise if people asking legitimate questions 'sickens' you but this decision will impact on my children long after you & your Cllr colleagues of all political persuasions have left 'public' service to concentrate on your investment portfolios. The public want answers and if you're not interested in public opinion you must be in the wrong career!

  • Staf Newsletter  |  October 24 2012, 12:44PM

    Some straight answers please, Mr Parry, and less chest beating. All this sound and fury makes it sounds like you're covering up a grubby backroom deal.