Date: 19 January 2009
UNISON comment on CBI 's 'double whammy' for the Scottish taxpayer
UNISON, the largest union representing Scotland’s water and sewage
workers, today accused the CBI Scotland of wanting to hit Scots
with a ‘double whammy’, by advocating a PFI solution for the new
Forth Bridge, and/or selling off Scottish Water to pay for it.
These are both ‘solutions’ advocated by Iain McMillan of CBI Scotland
at a conference this morning.
UNISON’s Scottish Organiser Dave Watson said: “Not content with
championing PFI to build the new Forth Road bridge, which will
effectively cost the price of two bridges to fund one, so that
their members can make a nice profit, Mr McMillan wants to cost
Scotland’s taxpayers the extra water charges that will be needed
to fund the fat cats to take over Scottish Water – a real double
whammy for the Scottish Taxpayer.
“What is disappointing in this, is not that the spokesperson
for the private sector wants more profits for his members, but
that there are two political parties in Holyrood who seem to want
to go along with this. Both the Tories and the Liberals seem to
have swallowed the myths about private sector efficiencies. You
would think that recent experiences would have changed that view.
“UNISON, along with the STUC and the other unions involved in
the water industry have been engaged in the debate about the future
of Scottish Water, and we all believe that there should be greater
democratisation of the service, but it must remain in public hands.”
Note for Editors: The unions have produced a discussion
paper It’s Scotland’s Water that outlines some ways to allow greater
accountability for Scottish Water, and how important the service
is for public health and socio-economic development. It is available
on the UNISON website at http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/water/scotland's_water.pdf
For Further Information Please Contact: Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 07958 122 409 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer)
0771 558 3729(m)