Co-operativesUK and the TUC have just published new best practice guidance on the formation (or ‘spinning-out’) of public service mutuals. In doing so they challenge the government’s record on mutuals.
The new report says that in some cases public sector staff have been forced to join new mutuals against their will. In other instances there has been inadequate consultation.
The report also says that the “joint mutual venture” model preferred by the government offers inadequate employee ownership or control and cannot be considered a bona fide mutual.
Needless to say, the government has said these claims are “baseless”.
I think Co-operativesUK is to be congratulated on the stance it is taking on public service mutuals. It won’t have done itself any favours in government circles — but it has done the right thing, and I think we need to make sure that Co-ops UK knows this.
Third Sector online covers the story here.