Date 28 November 2005
SCOTLAND'S WATER UNDER THREAT
Senior union leaders are preparing to campaign to
keep Scotland's water public.
They've expressed fears that targets soon to be announced
by the industry regulator could threaten the future existence of
The regional secretaries of the four major Scottish
trades unions today called for fair targets and adequate funding
for Scottish Water for the next four years.
They've warned the Water Industry Commission that
failure to get the targets right when they're announced on November
30 would mean
Service to customers would suffer as frontline
services are cut further.
Public health being put at risk by a multi million
pound shortfall in vital investment.
Scottish Water being forced to build new plants
to waste public money by building plants which wont stand the
test of time
Scottish Water being forced to go to the Competition
Commission to challenge the targets at a cost of millions of
pounds of public money.
An academic survey of the methods of the water regulator
carried out by the trades unions has damned his comparisons with
England and Wales branding them misleading and false.
In a joint union statement they said, "We will not
allow unreasonable demands from the Water Industry Commission to
undermine the future of a public water service in Scotland. We will
fight to keep Scotland's water in public control.
"Scottish Water has proved it can match many of the
private English water companies on efficiency and price. What has
taken seventeen years to achieve down south has been achieved in
four years in Scotland. We won't let that be ruined by the misconceived
economic zeal of the regulator.
"The water regulator hasn't been known for making
fair judgements in the past. We have an economic study that confirms
that many of his comparisons with England and Wales are unfair and
"We demand a level of funding that will ensure that
our members can continue to improve the water industry and continue
to improve the service to customers.
"The employees of Scottish Water deserve great credit
for what they've achieved since the organisation was created in
2002. They also deserve a fair settlement from the regulator."
For Further Information please contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 07787 558 410(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0845 355 0845(w) 07715 583 729(m)