Waikato water must remain under community control
Waikato water must remain under community
The Public Service Association (PSA)
believes that Waikato councils’ investigation of options
for the provision of water and wastewater services must
ensure it remains in public hands.
The PSA represents over
230 staff working in a range of roles at Hamilton City,
Waikato District and Waipa District Councils, as well as
thousands of people working in other roles in the
Glenn Barclay, PSA Acting National Secretary, said
“The PSA is happy to provide lessons we have learned from
other councils of the risk of moving services into CCOs,
away from democratic control,”
“Water is a key long
term resource affecting the future of our country,
especially in the Waikato with the influence of
“Retaining democratic control of public
services is crucial, and is compatible with increased
cooperation between councils.
“We know that CCOs can be
a stepping stone to privatisation, and often result in
workers being worse off.
“Better provision of services
is in everyone’s interest, but should not come at the cost
of democracy or working conditions,” said Glenn
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
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