Unions fight privatisation

LABOUR is backing two trades unions in condemning plans to “privatise” computer and administration functions in the courts service.

The government plans, involving its private finance initiative, are going through without judicial consultation or parliamentary debate.

The unions intend to write to all judges, from the circuits to the Supreme Court bench, and MPs to inform them of what they regard as a secretive and unnecessary privatisation.

Paul Boateng MP, Labour legal spokesman, and senior representatives of the National Union of Public Servants and Civil and Public Servants Association launched the campaign last week.