Friday, 14 December 2012

Unions call for council control of parking

UNION leaders today called for Glasgow's troubled City Parking to be brought back under direct council control.

The arm's-length external organisation, or Aleo, has posted successive losses since it was created five years ago. Last night we revealed the business is to receive further financial aid from the council – to the tune of £500,000 – on top of several previous rescue packages.
Now Unison, which represents City Parking's workers, says it believes the experiment with semi-privatisation should be brought to a halt.
Chairman of the union's Glasgow City Council branch, Brian Smith, said: "We've always been sceptical about the Aleos. You only need to look at the continual bailouts the council gives to City Parking."
The business provides both on- and off-street parking and is responsible for issuing parking fines.
Unison suggests much of this work is a vital public service rather than a commercial business: without parking attendants keeping yellow lines clear, the city could grind to a halt.

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