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Prevention of waste privatisation sought

Wednesday, 19th October, 2011 12:00am
Prevention of waste privatisation sought

• Dublin City Council’s waste privatisation plan is coming under intense pressure. FILE PHOTO

Prevention of waste privatisation sought

• Dublin City Council’s waste privatisation plan is coming under intense pressure. FILE PHOTO


NORTHSIDE public representative has called on the Dublin City Manager to take

account of the views of councillors and stop the management's attempt to

privatise bin services.

At the

most recent meeting of Dublin City Council a motion was passed by a majority of

councillors to reject a position paper prepared by the city manger that would,

if implemented, privatise the bin services in Dublin city.


ward councillor Brian McDowell (Lab) said he attended a meeting with Labour

councillors and trade union representatives to discuss the implications of this


“I was

happy to confirm to the union my opposition to the privatisation and my support

for the workers and for the people who receive the service,” Cllr McDowell told

Northside People.


40,000 people have applied for the waiver this year. If the bin service is to

be privatised there is no guarantee that within a short timeframe that this

waiver scheme will not be discontinued by a private operator.

“It has

been Labour policy for some years that a national waiver scheme should be

implemented. I will be asking my colleagues in Government to expedite this



McDowell said unfortunately it was not within the powers of councillors to make

this decision.

“It will

be up to the city manager to ultimately decide but people can be assured that I

will continue to argue for the bin service to remain within Dublin City

Council's remit and for the waiver scheme to remain,” he added.


spokeswoman for Dublin City Council told Northside People: “We are in

discussions under the Croke Park Agreement with the trade unions representing

the waste collection staff on the re-structuring of the waste collection

service. We have no other comment to make.”

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