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'Don't Privatise Bin Collections'

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

GMB CRITICISE LIB DEM PLAN TO PRIVATISE BRIMINGHAM’S BIN COLLECTIONS

 

Only a Labour council can be trusted to keep our bin collections weekly and under public control says GMB.

GMB, Britain’s general union, has criticised the Liberal Democrats for pledging to privatise Birmingham’s bin collections.

Birmingham’s Liberal Democrat group have put privatisation plans at top of their Lib Dem’s manifesto for the May 3 local election. [1]

Meanwhile Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield) have urged the council to privatise the service, which would mean employing a private firm to manage rubbish collection. [2]

Gill Ogilive, GMB Organiser, said:

“Privatising Birmingham’s bin collections would be a hugely costly and unpopular backwards step.

“The damaging stand-off we’ve seen between the refuse workers and the council during the past few months is a direct legacy of the previous Conservative administration’s policies.

“These plans will only damage the city further and put profits of privates companies before those of the citizens of Birmingham.  Why are the Lib Dems and Conservatives so keen to privatise contracts when we have just seen the devastating impact of the collapse of Carillion. Birmingham does not need more privatisation it needs less.

“Only a Labour council can be trusted to keep our bin collections weekly and under public control.”

ENDS

GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/privatise-birminghams-failing-bin-service-14436683

[2] https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/labour-blames-conservatives-birminghams-bin-13671388

 

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