Unite Scotland calls for honesty and transparency in b...

Unite Scotland calls for honesty and transparency in baby ashes scandal

19 August 2016

Unite the union is calling on Aberdeen City Council’s chief executive to answer questions over the city’s baby ashes scandal. 

The union has written to Angela Scott, following the news that she had excluded herself and former council chief executives from investigation by the independent inquiry into practices at the Hazelhead crematorium.

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “We were shocked to find out that the current and former chief executives had been excluded from the terms of reference of the inquiry. 

“We have repeatedly raised issues about a culture of favouritism within certain sections of the city council, especially in relation to disciplinary matters and procedures. It appears that this culture may reach the very top of the council. 

“We have written to Angela Scott, urging her to make herself available to answer questions about these serious matters, and we have asked her whether councillors knew that she was to be excluded from the inquiry. 

“We believe that councillors need to intervene to ensure that there is a full, open, transparent, investigation into any alleged managerial dysfunction or incompetence at the city council, including the Communities, Housing and Infrastructure department.”


For further information contact Unite Scotland regional officer Tommy Campbell on 07810 157920, or Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email

Notes to editors:

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.