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Mulholland backs Bill to give public sector workers greater say in running of local services

February 2, 2015 5:58 PM

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, has added his name to a Bill which would require public sector bodies to show through their annual reports or otherwise how they have taken into account the views of employees.

The Public Sector Efficiency (Employee Participation) Bill will be presented to the House of Commons this Wednesday and is being tabled by MP for Southport, John Pugh.

As a former Leeds City councillor, for Headingley ward, and now a local MP, Mulholland has said it is "vital" that public sector workers feel their voices are heard.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, released December 2014, show there are 5.391 million public sector workers in the UK, of whom 466,000 are in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 3,600 are employed in Mulholland's Leeds North West constituency.

Commenting, Mulholland said:

"There are 466,000 public sector workers in Yorkshire and Humber, including 3,600 in my Leeds North West constituency, and so many of them are motivated by the fact that their jobs are a chance to improve the lives of local residents and the wider public.

"Often these workers have ideas for how something can be done better or how a local service can be improved, so it's vital that their ideas are heard, that they feel valued, and I am pleased to add my name to a Bill that argues for that."

Southport MP John Pugh added:

"Public sector organisations, who employ over five million people in the UK, must show they are listening to workers on how their services can be made more efficient. I am particularly pleased to have Greg's support for my Bill, as he has demonstrated his support for the public workforce both as a local councillor and as an MP, and continues to advocate for the best interests of this sector."