A DETERMINED campaign and the threat of industrial action has defeated an attempted partial privatisation of services at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. Unison branch chair Tony Wilson told Socialist Worker that the important campaign had lasted two and a half years.
Senior management has been forced to set out a 'strategic and long term' vision for a service previously set for hiving off. The Passenger Transport Executive is the body that monitors transport services for Greater Manchester.
In 2001 management said that improving the service would either involve the service remaining in-house with increased investment, or that something called an 'executive partnership' should be looked into.
This vague term masked yet another attempt to go down the privatisation route. But the union branch fought back. That included a unanimous vote at the annual general meeting for a ballot over industrial action if jobs were privatised. The management has now scrapped the outsourcing.
'It's important to impress upon management that the union is committed to fully funded, democratically accountable public services delivered by a directly employed, in-house workforce,' says Tony Wilson.