Service purchases must have quality criteria for working conditions
JHL (01.09.2010 -
Juhani Artto) Public sector organizations must demand that the services
they purchase from private organizations are produced and operate under
decent working conditions. It is as important as the quality of the
services themselves, said Tuire Santamäki-Vuori on Tuesday. She is the
President of the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL.
The legislation allows for the use of social criteria in public service
purchases, she reminds. "But municipalities have forgotten this
opportunity when tendering and purchasing services."
Santamäki-Vuori was keen to stress the fact that public services are
financed from common tax resources. And therefore, this money should not
be spent buying services that are only competitive because they offer
less quality to citizens who avail of them and less income to the
employees who produce them.
attempt to employ or add to poorer working conditions must of necessity
be ruled out at the tendering stage."