Unite Members to Protest Against Council Tendering
Unite, Scotland’s largest trade union, will hold a demonstration [Wednesday, 4th June] outside South Lanarkshire Council offices in protest at the blind bidding process for the care and support services for adults with learning disabilities.
South Lanarkshire Council set up an e-auction for firms to tender for providing care at home by submitting charges by the hour.
Thus begins the press release. Looks like an e-auction is the root cause of the antipathy.
Well – look again, further down.
Bidders were given no information in the tender document on the current terms and conditions of the employees who would be transferred.
In other words: the union’s issue seems to be with the quality (or lack) of information that was given out to bidders rather than with the bidding process itself. Once again – to run a good sourcing process (whether it involves an e-auction or not) you still need to be clear with suppliers. And make sure they have full access to the information they need to place sensible bids.