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Gove Meets Water Bosses

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

GMB RESPONDS TO GOVE’S MEETING WITH WATER UK

Millions of water customers across the UK will still be wondering whether the privatised water companies have actually agreed to take any action to fix leaks says GMB Union

GMB, the water union, has responded to Michael Gove’s announcement following his meeting with Water UK. 

Chief executives and directors of eight companies that have missed their targets for repairing leaks or have very high leakage rates met Michael Gove, the environment secretary, yesterday. [1]

Stuart Fegan, GMB National Officer, said:

“Following the meeting between Michael Gove and Water UK, millions of water customers across the UK will still be wondering whether the privatised water companies have actually agreed to take any action to fix leaks.

“If new, more ambitious targets for fixing leaks have been set, why wasn’t this done before?

“Is it because it is clearly in the interests of profiteering water companies not to make the necessary investment in our water infrastructure, when all they face are insignificant fines from Ofwat and a mere ticking off from the Minister on their dismal performance?”

“Has it really only taken the recent cold and warm weather - and a hose pipe ban - for water companies to wake up to the reality of the experience of their customers?” 

“The public will rightly see through these announcements, which can only be described as words not meaningful action.”

“That’s why so many people support GMB’s Take Back The Tap Campaign for public ownership and a properly funded water industry.”

ENDS

Contact: Stuart Fegan on 07912 890434 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or atpress.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gove-tells-water-bosses-to-do-more-with-leaks-at-3bn-litres-a-day-5fh5nsm5c

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