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Dublin City Council adopts Sinn Féin motion opposing bin privatisation

6 September, 2011

THE leader of the Sinn Féin group on Dublin City Council, Councillor Larry O’Toole, has called for the implementation by Council management of the decision of the City Council on Monday night to oppose the privatisation of the capital’s household bin collection service.
At its monthly meeting last night (Monday 5th September), Dublin City Council adopted a Sinn Féin motion which said that the Council “in fulfilment of our public service responsibility to the citizens of Dublin and of our duty as an employer to our workforce, will retain as a council function the waste collection service and will oppose its privatisation”

Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O’Toole said:

“The democratically-elected representatives of the people of Dublin have now voted against the privatisation of the household refuse collection service.

“Council management should implement this decision.

“This is a key Council service and if it is ended householders will have to pay private providers. There will be no protection for those currently holding waivers and many householders will face increased costs.

“Workers in these private firms have poorer pay and working conditions than Council staff currently employed to deliver this service.

“There is a special responsibility on the Labour Party members of the Council to see that this Council decision is implemented. Indeed, some of their members voted for the Sinn Féin motion. Labour is in Government and so can help ensure both at Council and at Government level that this democratic decision is carried out.”


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