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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00
Prevention of waste privatisation sought
• Dublin City Council’s waste privatisation plan is coming under intense pressure. FILE PHOTO

A 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.

Donaghmede ward councillor Brian McDowell (Lab) said he attended a meeting with Labour councillors and trade union representatives to discuss the implications of this decision. 

“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.

“Over 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 legislation.”

Cllr 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.

A 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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