Labour Research February 2016

Union news

Devolution leads to joint working 

Trade unions in Manchester have signed a protocol with the authorities in Greater Manchester to ensure they have a voice in workforce issues in the delivery of public services. 

The joint working protocol states that “staff play a vital role in the delivery of high quality public services” and that “high quality employment in public services plays a vital role in the functioning of the Greater Manchester economy and society”.

The unions are concerned that devolution is taking place at a time of chronic underfunding of public services with service and job cuts. But Kevan Nelson, chair of the North West TUC public services committee, said that “it is welcome that Greater Manchester’s leaders are committed to doing all they can to avoid worsening pay, pensions and terms and conditions”.

Lynn Collins, North West TUC regional secretary, said: “We will be encouraging all other city regions to enter into similar arrangements as and when they announce their devolution deals.”