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Private Bin Companies Should Engage with Sectoral Agreement Offer – Cullinane

20 June, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers' rights, said today that a sectoral agreement would level the playing field in terms of costs across the domestic waste sector.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"The privatisation mess was foreseen by Sinn Féin. Successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil-led governments ignored our criticisms as they were both wedded to a policy of selling off public services regardless of the long-term costs. They did it with waste management and it is clear that they want to do it with water. In fact, we know from today’s Times Ireland, that the previous government rejected a waste management fixed tender bid process in favour of full privatisation, even though it was found that fixed tender would offer a better price for citizens. 

“The long-term solution is to bring essential and socially necessary services back under public ownership. Pending this, the multitude of private companies should sign up to a sectoral wage agreement as it would allow all the various companies to standardize their costs, instead of the present situation whereby larger companies can under-price the smaller ones in the short term in order to push the smaller ones out of business.

“There is a sectoral agreement offer on the table but the waste management companies are reluctant to engage with it. 

“Minister Coveney should use the present situation to reform the waste management sector and a sectoral agreement should be seen as part of this process."

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