Moncton City Workers Condemn Privatization of Water and Garbage

CUPE Local 51 outside workers are denoucning the City of Moncton's decision to extend its contract with Veolia Canada Ltd.

In a press release, CUPE says the extension will allow the company to control and profit from the Metro region's drinking water supply for another 5 years.

leo Melanson, President of CUPE Local 51, says, "The decision was made to continue the privatization of the water treatment plant in the shadows, there was no mention of it on the agenda for the Council meeting - this is an insult to Monctonians who in a way, were prevented from voicing their opinions," 

The union says this decision comes on the heels of another questionable choice to extend a contract with FERO Inc. regarding curbside garbage collection.

Keith Hatto, Second Vice-President for the Local says, "Contracting out essential public services has severe consequences for Moncton residents, and the future of the City's workforce - not only are we losing good jobs, but the City will also face unpredictable and rising costs from private companies who chase profits".

CUPE finds it distressing that the City of Moncton continues to pursue privatization in the light of their climate energy declaration, as handing over their public assets to a private corporation whose first goal is to make profits, not protect the planet, decreases the City's actual capacity for positive climate action.