13 June 03
Water privatisation means higher bills - UNISON.
Water union reacts to CBI/Tory call UNISON, the largest trade union
in the Scottish water industry, reacted angrily to today's CBI call
for the privatisation of Scotland's water. UNISON's Scottish Organiser
Dave Watson said: "This is simply the CBI attempting to rustle
up more profits for its members. Privatisation in England has led
to higher bills as customers have had to pay for the profits and
fat cat salaries of the water companies' CBI delegates. Extensive
private involvement in Scotland's water and sewage systems has led
to higher costs and a fragmented service.
"Ironically the partial privatisation of Scotland's water through
PPP/PFI has caused many of the current problems and the fragmentation
of Scottish Water. Communities across Scotland are being plagued
by PFI failures in sewage schemes and even the Water Industry Commissioner
has highlighted delays and cost overruns in his latest report."
Everyone except the CBI and the Scottish Tories have rejected privatisation
of Scotland's Water. The so-called mutual solution is simply another
word for privatisation. The Scottish Executive's Partnership for
a Better Scotland commitment to retain Scottish Water in public
ownership reflects the Scottish people's rejection of profit taking
from an essential public service.
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson, Scottish
Organiser (Utilities) 0845 355 0845(w) 07787 558 410(m) Chris Bartter,
Communications Officer 0845 355 0845(w) 07715 583 729(m)